An early look at the 2014 state executive elections in Illinois

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October 11, 2013

Illinois

By Maresa Strano

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: Six state executive positions will be up for election in 2014 in the state of Illinois. The primary election is scheduled for March 18, 2013, and the general election for November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run on a major party ticket is December 2, 2013, and June 2014 for third party candidates.[1]

Below is a preview of the races for the top two offices up for election in 2014, governor and lieutenant governor, as well as an early listing of the candidates bidding for the offices of secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and comptroller.

Governor

Incumbent Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn’s re-election woes in 2014 have centered on the concern that he might fail to win the Democratic nomination in the primary. In a Democratic-trifecta state like Illinois, the threat from fellow members of his party -- namely, William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff and attorney general Lisa Madigan -- loomed large over the beleaguered governor.

By September 2013, however, Quinn had managed to dodge both challenger-bullets. First, Madigan, who had been expected to enter the primary race, announced that she would instead seek re-election to her current post.[2][3][4] Daley subsequently declared his bid, but then abruptly exited the race for reasons which he did not immediately specify. Daley cited an unanticipated "enormity" factor to the that drove the decision, telling reporters, "I've lost sleep ... and struggling over the last couple weeks over whether or not what's needed I can provide over a long period," he said. "It's not about a campaign of 6 months or 14 months. It really is about a minimum of 5 to nine years to begin to straighten out this state."[5]

Daley's withdrawal from the Democratic primary field marked a veritable coup for Quinn, whose bleak prospects for winning a second term stand to improve considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.[6] Indeed, Daley's early donor reports showed his promise as a campaigner. He raised $800,000 in the three week period bridging the exploratory and formal launch phases of his gubernatorial bid. The Associated Press called Daley "a member of Chicago's first political family,"[4] being the brother and son of two of Chicago's longest-reigning and most influential mayors.

Quinn is the fifth out of a total of forty-six previous Illinois lt. governors to have succeeded to the governorship mid-term. As governor, Quinn has emphasized improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions. His tenure thus far has been marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt, among other issues that have factored into his status among the least popular governors facing re-election next year.[7]

Candidates from the Republican end include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. So far, polls have shown Rutherford as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.[8]

Lieutenant Governor

First term incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) is eligible for re-election, but said earlier this year that she would retire the post at the end of her term. Simon wanted to pursue a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy to become the next state comptroller.[9][10] Subsequent to Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's unsatisfactory "impact" potential was the Illinois House of Representatives' approval, in April, of a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor altogether by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.[11]

The 2014 electoral cycle will mark the first time in Illinois history that candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor will run on a single ticket in the primary election phase. Spurred by the 2010 fiasco where the independently elected Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Scott Lee Cohen had to drop out of the race after being arrested on charges of steroid use and domestic battery, the law was promptly changed with the notion that the introduction of a dependent selection process will create a stronger perception, right off the bat, of the office's partnership with that of the governor. Since the gubernatorial candidates will be hand picking their running mates - most likely starting next week, though a few candidates have stated plans to wait until closer to the December petition filing deadline to make their selection - the hope is that their campaigns will be induced to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."[12]

Individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot officially were able to begin gathering signatures on September 3.

Quinn said he’s looking for “a people person,” to replace Simon, and anticipates holding off on a decision until later in the fall.[12]

Declared primary candidates and Libertarian Party Convention nominations

On the weekend of Sept. 21, 2013, the Libertarian Party of Illinois convened at the Holiday Inn in Bolingbrook for its annual meeting. By the time they concluded the convention, the party's state delegates had nominated its 2014 candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer and state comptroller. This left attorney general as the sole unfilled state executive slot. The candidate would likely face Democratic incumbent Lisa Madigan next November, and the party "is expected to have a candidate selected soon," according to a convention summary posted on the Illinois Libertarian Party's official Facebook page.[13]

Governor: Running mates listed together in order of "Governor/Lieutenant Governor"

General election

Democratic Party Pat Quinn (Incumbent)/Paul Vallas[14]
Republican Party Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti[15] Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Chad Grimm/Alex Cummings[16][17]

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party Tio Hardiman/Brunell Donald[18][18][19]
Republican Party Bill Brady/Maria Rodriguez[20][21]
Republican Party Kirk Dillard/Jil Tracy - State Senator[22][23]
Republican Party Dan Rutherford/Steve Kim - State Treasurer[24][25]

Failed to qualify

Green Party Scott Summers/Bob Pritchett, Jr.[26]
Constitution Party Michael Oberline/Don Stone[27]
Independent Michael Hawkins/Kimberly Kusch[28]

Lieutenant Governor:


Attorney General:

General election

Democratic Party Lisa Madigan - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png[2]
Republican Party Paul Schimpf - Attorney, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer[31]
Libertarian Party Ben Koyl[32]

Failed to qualify

Green Party David Black - Lawyer[33]
Constitution Party Joe Bell - Attorney, 2010 nominee[27]

Secretary of State:

General election

Democratic Party Jesse White - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike Webster - Cass School District Board of Education President[34]
Libertarian Party Chris Michel[35]

Failed to qualify

Green Party Sheldon Shafer[36]
Constitution Party Ted Stufflebeam Treasurer:

Comptroller:

Libertarian Party Julie Fox - Certified public accountant[42]

See also

Ballotpedia News

References

  1. Illinois Board of Elections, "2014 Election Calendar," July 31, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces re-election bid," July 15, 2013
  3. Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dropout
  6. New Jersey Herald, "Daley: Exit from race doesn't mean I couldn't win," September 17, 2013
  7. St. Louis Today, "Illinois Gov. Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014," April 9, 2013
  8. CapitolFax.com, "Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll - Poll shows Rauner movement," July 8, 2013
  9. Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
  10. Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
  11. The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
  13. Independent Political Report, "Libertarian Party of Illinois holds annual state convention," September 23, 2013
  14. ChicagoBusiness.com, "Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn taps Paul Vallas for running mate," November 8, 2013
  15. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
  16. Independent Political Report, "Libertarian Party of Illinois holds annual state convention," September 23, 2013
  17. Independent Political Report, "Libertarian Party of Illinois holds annual state convention," September 23, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Tio Hardiman for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 3, 2013
  19. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
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  21. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
  22. Dillard/Tracy for Governor/Lt. Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 3, 2013
  23. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
  24. The Southern, "Rutherford announces gov. campaign in Southern Illinois," June 2, 2013
  25. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
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  27. 27.0 27.1 Independent Political Report, "Constitution Party of Illinois nominates statewide candidates," March 24, 2014
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  32. Libertarian Party of Illinois, "Campaigns: Our Statewide Candidates," accessed March 31, 2014
  33. Illinois Green Party, "Meet David Black, candidate for Attorney General," accessed March 17, 2014
  34. Mike Webster for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 29, 2013
  35. Libertarian Party of Illinois, "Campaigns: Our Statewide Candidates," accessed March 31, 2014
  36. Illinois Green Party, "Meet Sheldon Shafer, candidate for Secretary of State," accessed March 18, 2014
  37. Michael Scott Carter for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 30, 2013
  38. The State Journal-Register, "Cross to announce bid for treasurer Wednesday," September 17, 2013
  39. Bob Grogan for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 30, 2013
  40. The State Journal-Register, "Illinois Sen. Frerichs plans run for treasurer," June 21, 2013
  41. CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
  42. ABC7 News, Julie Fox, Candidate for Illinois Comptroller, accessed September 25, 2013