|Governor of Illinois|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next election||March 18, 2014|
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014
Rauner is running for election as Illinois Governor in 2014 alongside his choice of lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate Evelyn Sanguinetti. Rauner is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Current incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat who ascended from lieutenant governor to governor following Rod Blagojevich's 2009 impeachment, is facing serious concerns about his chances for re-election in 2014. Quinn ran for, and won, a full term in 2010 and is eligible for another four year term. According to multiple outside ratings, Quinn is among the most vulnerable governors heading into the 2014 electoral cycle.
Quinn's 2010 running-mate and first term incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) is also eligible for re-election, but she announced in February 2013 that she would retire the post at the end of her term. Simon said wanted to seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy to become the next state comptroller. Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's unsatisfactory "impact" potential was followed shortly thereafter by the Illinois House of Representatives' approval 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. Quinn said he wanted “a people person,” to replace Simon, and ultimately settled on former Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas.
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. In theory, allowing governor hopefuls to hand pick their running mates for the primary will induce the campaigns to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."
As of December 2013, Illinois is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas. The biggest threat to Quinn winning re-election, then, was expected to have come courtesy of his fellow Democrats, namely William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff and attorney general Lisa Madigan. But by September 2013, Quinn had dodged both bullets: First, Madigan, who had been expected to enter the primary race, announced that she would instead seek re-election to her current post. After a brief  Daley, "a member of Chicago's first political family," for his relation to two of Chicago's longest-reigning mayors, abruptly withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination after a promising first stretch. His departure marked a veritable coup for Quinn, whose bleak re-election prospects improve considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.
On Sept. 3, individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot began gathering signatures. The filing period for major party primary candidates ended on December 2, 2013, with only one Democrat, Tio Hardiman, filing to go up against Quinn. Candidates from the Republican end include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner and Peter Edward Jones. Early polls show Rutherford as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
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.
|Republican gubernatorial primary - hypothetical match-up|
|Poll||Dan Rutherford||Bill Brady||Bruce Rauner||Kirk Dillard||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll|
(June 20, 2013)
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Campaign media and advertisements
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- Rauner Wants Help Choosing New TV Ad - Comcast SportsNet Chicago
- Rauner adds $500000 of own money, opening fundraising for rivals - Chicago Tribune
- Rauner lifts the veil on his earnings and wealth - Crain's Chicago Business (blog)
- Pension reform winner and loser: Gov. Pat Quinn the big winner, Bruce Rauner not - Examiner.com
- Candidate Bruce Rauner aiming for Governors's mansion - Harrisburg Daily Register
- The Rauner report - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Rauner unveils several new short ads - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Teams in place for governor's race - Chicago Tribune
- Illinois Governor Signs Pension Overhaul Into Law - CBS Local
- Kadner: Rauner uses big bucks to swing an ad hammer - SouthtownStar
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Chicago Tribune, "Bruce Rauner raises $1.3 million in a month for governor's race," April 2, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Southern, "Rutherford announces gov. campaign in Southern Illinois," June 2, 2013
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
- ↑ Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
- ↑ Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
- ↑ The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
- ↑ Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces reelection bid," July 15, 2013
- ↑ Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
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- ↑ New Jersey Herald, "Daley: Exit from race doesn't mean I couldn't win," September 17, 2013
- ↑ CapitolFax.com, "Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll - Poll shows Rauner movement," July 8, 2013
- ↑ St. Louis Today, "Illinois Gov. Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014," April 9, 2013
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