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The race for Governor of Illinois

Election Day is not until November 4, 2014, but candidates are already lining up to become the next Governor of Illinois.

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Bruce Rauner joined the Steve Cochran Show live in studio to discuss his primary victory Tuesday night.


Bruce Rauner live in studio the day after winning the Illinois primary. (WGN Radio)

Bruce Rauner talks about running for Illinois governor after winning the primary election.

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn joins us in the studio this morning. He’s talking about the relief effort in Washington, Ill.; his record on the state’s financial woes and his potential challengers in the Republican camp. Listen below for the full interview.


Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn in the Allstate Showcase Studio (WGN Radio)

Rick Pearson is joined by Bob Secter of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Edwards, Executive Director of University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. The three take a look at the upcoming primary elections. The gubernatorial race is making the biggest headlines, but they also take a look at the race for senate and the politics of party-based ballots.


State senator Bill Brady stopped by the Sunday Spin for one last visit before the primaries this Tuesday. Rick Pearson, Bob Secter, and Steve Edwards ask him about the campaign trail and his plans for the future. He discusses the whirlwind next few days, his community outreach, and why he thinks he can beat the other GOP candidates (and eventually Pat Quinn.)


IL state senator Kirk Dillard is on the Sunday Spin. He joins Rick Pearson, Bob Secter, and Steve Edwards to talk about Tuesday’s primary elections. Dillard discusses his plans for the next two days, as well as the “civics lesson” he believes this election will teach the state about partisan voting.


(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner tells the Steve Cochran show he plans to “run the state like a business,” and  he won’t take a pension or salary if elected. He also says he’ll pay for his own travel expenses “when recruiting businesses to come to Illinois.” Listen for the full interview here.


Bruce Rauner (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

State Sen. Bill Brady joins Steve Cochran via phone from the campaign trail in southern Illinois to talk about his campaign so far as the primary elections for governor grow near.

Rick Pearson

Republican State Senator Bill Brady. (WGN Radio)

Rick Pearson discusses last night’s heated debate between the Illinois  GOP gubernatorial candidates. Harder punches were thrown, more accusations were made, and more money was spent than ever before. Pearson and Cochran talk highlights and analysis of the debate and the GOP race as it stands now.


(Joel Wintermantle / for the Chicago Tribune)

State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford debate at WGN-TV in Chicago on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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Republican candidates for governor, left to right, State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford prepare for a debate at WGN-TV in Chicago. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)