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Daniel Biss holds Town Hall at Illinois College

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss began his tour of college at Illinois College in Jacksonville last night. Speaking to a crowd of more than 100 students and community members, Sen. Biss spoke on both his personal journey in politics as well as his platform. He shared his path from mathematics professor to community organizer to state senator, and the hardships that came along the way.

Campaign finance was one of the primary topics of the night. Biss spoke repeatedly about not being a billionaire. Instead, he joked that he was probably only barely a “thousandaire.” Two of his opponents in the primary, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker, have contributed vast amounts of their own money to their respective campaigns, as has Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. Biss warned that a Pritzker victory would likely doom the Democratic Party to view personal wealth as a prerequisite for governor,¬†even if Pritzker proved to be an effective leader. This is not to say that Biss is at an impossible fundraising disadvantage. Biss told his supporters they have actually raised more cash than Kennedy.

During the Q&A session, Biss explained his support for a “ranked choice” voting system. Ranked choice allows voters to rank the choices on the ballot instead of casting a single vote, which supporters argue gives voters a better voice in elections. He also discussed how strengthening the funding for publicly funded elections would lessen the importance of big donations. A bill he passed in the Senate would provide candidates a publicly funded option with a 6:1 state match for small donations. After the event, Biss told me that his plan had a statewide cap of $50 million, and so did not represent an uncapped liability for the state.

You can watch the full town hall below:

The Democratic primary for governor will be held March 20. To learn more about Daniel Biss or the other candidates running for governor, check out our Campaign Headquarters.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Dr. Robert Marshall interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Dr. Robert Marshall. Marshall is one of the Democrats running for governor.

Marshall discussed two main parts of his campaign with us. The first was his opposition to a graduated income tax. He argued that the rich, who would officially pay a higher rate under such a plan, would simply move their money out of state. Marshall is the only Democrat running for governor to oppose the graduated income tax.

His other big issue is splitting Illinois into three states. Marshall shared how the separation would be done, and the legal challenges it would need to overcome. We also got the first look at Marshall’s new map for the state.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Marshall and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Drury will appear on primary ballot

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He’s back. Rep. Scott Drury won an important appeal today, ensuring he will appear on the March 20 ballot. Drury is one of the Democrats running for Attorney General in Illinois, but had been temporarily removed from the ballot. According to the challenge, Drury had failed to properly file his statement of economic interest, because he had only filed for his current General Assembly position, not for Attorney General.

Initially, the Electoral Board had ruled that Drury only needed to file one statement. But the a Circuit Court overruled this decision, stating that he needed to file a statement with every unit of government he was running for. According to the Circuit Court, because the General Assembly is part of the Legislature, but the Attorney General is in the Executive Branch, Drury had not filed for the “unit of government” he was running in.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed. They found that while the Legislative and Executive branches are separate from each other, they are both part of the same unit of government. Therefore, it was incorrect to strike Drury’s name from the ballot.

Drury’s name will appear on the March 20th Democratic Primary ballot. To learn more about the candidates in that race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

You can read the full decision here.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Bob Daiber Interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Bob Daiber. Daiber is one of the Democratic candidates for governor.

Daiber is a lifelong educator, and has been both a classroom teacher and an administrator. We discussed several of the new education bills that have passed in the last year, including the new funding formula. I also get his opinion on special programs for gifted students.

Daiber is unique because he is the first downstate Democrat to run for governor in nearly 20 years. He shares the importance of having downstate voices in both the state government and the Democratic Party.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Daiber and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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