Republican woman joins gubernatorial race

Update: 4:45 pm, 11/1/17, Wednesday 

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Governor Bruce Rauner's first Republican challenger in the governor's race is already facing some campaign setbacks.

Representative Jeanne Ives, who threw herself into the ring over the weekend, is starting her petition over again from scratch. She made the announcment on Facebook Wednesday.

The last petition had the wrong address. She needs 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot. 

Original: 4:40 pm, 10/30/17, Monday

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- The road to a second term may have just gotten a little tougher for Governor Bruce Rauner, but he's not showing any signs of backing down.

Rauner now faces a GOP challenger in the gubernatorial race. If there was ever a question about the Republican party being divided, the latest announcement may be the true test.

Over the weekend, Jeanne Ives, who represents Wheaton, entered the race. She says she wants to return integrity and honesty to the Republican party.

Ives is the first Republican to challenge the governor and the first female to announce her candidacy. Rauner has not responded to her announcement.

Instead, Monday, he released an ad giving Speaker Mike Madigan (D) a giant thank you for all the wrong reasons.

In it, governors from Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri credit Madigan for their booming economies and job growth. Rauner does not make an appearance in the ad. Political experts say only time will tell if the tactic works.

Shortly after its release, Democrats fired back calling the accusations "false." They point out the governor donated large sums of money to each of those governor's campaigns.

The ad has gone viral sparking a lot of debate. Many question if tactics like this will draw in voters.

Like many within Rauner's base, Ives is frustrated with him for signing controversial bills like the Trust Act and publicly funding abortion. Only time will tell if he'll be able to restore that trust.

Ives must get 5,000 signatures to officially be on the ballot. She says her goal is to collect at least 10,000. She already has chosen Rich Morthland, a farmer, former state representative and community college professor from the Rock Island area, as her running mate.


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