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In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

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There are eight Democratic candidates vying to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but one is gaining traction as the anti-Madigan candidate.

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The billionaire businessman and venture capitalist is the early front-runner in the Democratic race for governor. He joins us in discussion.

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In a speech Tuesday on the city’s South Side, gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy called for abolishing the current property tax system, calling it a “racket” and likening it to extortion. 

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A candidate for Illinois governor gets an early boost from one of Democrats’ traditional allies.

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Bob Daiber speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The Madison County school superintendent joins host Eddie Arruza to discuss his run for Illinois governor.

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A long-shot candidate for governor tells us why he thinks he’s got what it takes to lead the state.

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Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The state senator jumped into the crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination for governor a month ago. He joins us in discussion.

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(Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Flickr)

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle weigh in on the latest developments in Springfield.

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J.B. Pritzker

Add another name to the field of Democratic candidates for governor – one that has been long anticipated.

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The Chicago alderman joins host Eddie Arruza to discuss his run for Illinois governor.

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Carol Marin discusses the political happenings of Springfield and Chicago with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauren Chooljian of WBEZ and Heather Cherone of DNAinfo.

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The primary for governor is a year away. But already, it's quite a contest. Limits on campaign contributions have been lifted. And this morning, six potential candidates made their pitches to Cook County Democratic committeemen. 

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Casting himself as a progressive alternative to affluent candidates, state Sen. Daniel Biss has entered the race for Illinois governor.

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A new official entrant – with a familiar name – in the race for governor. Why Chris Kennedy says he’s in it to win it this time.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Once again, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin gave an impassioned speech Thursday morning before the Illinois delegation at the Democratic National Convention, sounding more like a candidate for governor than ever.