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2018 General Election: Illinois Governor

New to our voters’ guide? Learn what it is and how it works. The candidates below appear in ballot order. 

Democratic Candidate

JB Pritzker“We face big challenges, and under Bruce Rauner things have only gotten worse.” Learn more about this candidate.


Pritzker running mate Juliana Stratton: “We need to lift up your voices, we need to bring people together to move our state forward.” Learn more about this candidate.


Republican Candidate

Bruce Rauner“This election isn’t about Republican vs. Democrat. It’s about the people of Illinois vs. our corrupt political insiders.” Learn more about this candidate.


Rauner running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti: “You can’t overturn decades of mismanagement in just four years. We need another term to finish our fight for reform in Illinois.” Learn more about this candidate.


Libertarian Candidate

Grayson Kash Jackson“I want to start fixing the problems in this state without putting the burden on the citizens of Illinois.” Learn more about this candidate.


Jackson running mate Sanjeev Mohip: “A lot of candidates say they want to be the mouthpiece for their party or their movement; I would like to be the earpiece.” Learn more about this candidate.


Conservative Candidate

William “Sam” McCannDid not participate in Candidate Free Time.

McCann running mate Aaron Merreighn: Did not participate in Candidate Free Time.


About Candidate Free Time

WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 6 election.

Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates.

The Voters’ Guide is an online version of Candidate Free Time, pioneered by WTTW in the 1992 race for U.S. Senate. This year’s Candidate Free Time is produced with and underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County.

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