SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Six Illinois Democrats hoping for the chance to replace Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the fall square off in the state capital.
A Wednesday night debate is scheduled at the University of Illinois at Springfield. It will feature candidates J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber (DYE'-bur), Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall.
Pritzker has been the front-runner since announcing last May. His personal wealth has kept him on television with advertisements. Biss — a state senator — has gained ground with a populist approach.
The debate is sponsored by the (Springfield) State Journal-Register, News-Talk 94.7 and 970 WMAY Radio.
The primary election is March 20.
Rauner also faces a primary challenge from legislator Jeanne Ives.