Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of the 2014 race for Illinois governor. We’ve gathered information here about the growing Republican and Democratic fields, and some of the key issues in the race. You can read profiles of the candidates, view timelines of their careers, and catch all of their appearances on Chicago Tonight. As we get closer to March primary, we’ll include our latest coverage and candidate forums.
Candidates on both sides are railing against inaction in Springfield, particularly over the issue of pension reform. Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn is blaming legislature for the lack of progress. Quinn’s opponents, on both sides, claim part of the problem is a lack of leadership from the governor’s office. Another issue likely to garner a lot of attention is the struggling Illinois economy, and the best way to encourage business growth and lower the state’s unemployment rate.
Thursday, March 6: Lt. Governor Forum: Maria Rodriguez, Steve Kim, Jil Tracy, Evelyn Sanguinetti
Thursday, March 13: GOP Governor Forum: Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford