With the Illinois governor's race in the news so much recently, we thought we'd do a blog on the upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary elections, which will take place in March. The actual governor's election will be November 4, 2014. (On the Democratic ticket will be Illinois's current governor, Pat Quinn. His running mate (for lieutenant governor) is Paul Vallas.)
Campaigning for the upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary election in March are:
- Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who lost the 2010 GOP primary to Sen. Bill Brady by 193 votes. Dillard has chosen state Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, a seven-year member of the legislature, as his running mate.
- Businessman and first-time candidate Bruce Rauner picked Evelyn Sanguinetti, a two-year Wheaton City Council member.
- Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, the 2010 GOP nominee who lost to Quinn, selected Maria Rodriguez, a former eight-year mayor of Long Grove. (Brady made headlines with his Pet-Kill bill during the 2010 Illinois's governor's race. The bill would have allowed the use of gas chambers for mass euthanasia of dogs and cats. Oh Brady, you just don't get how much people love their dogs. Thankfully, proposing that legislation knocked Brady out of the race.)
- Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford opted for attorney Steve Kim, who lost in 2010 to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (Learn about Rutherford's current legal woes.)