It’ll be Bruce Rauner versus J.B. Pritzker in the race for Illinois governor on Nov. 6.
Rauner edged challenger Jeanne Ives, a state representative from Wheaton, in the Republican primary election on March 20, and Pritzker enjoyed a comfortable win over Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy and three other challengers in the Democratic race.
Rauner earned 52 percent of the vote compared to Ives’ 48 percent. Pritzker earned 45 percent of the vote to defeat Daniel Biss (26 percent), Chris Kennedy (24 percent) and Bob Dabier, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall, who each earned about 1 percent.
Although Rauner survived to run for a second term, Ives won the 19th Ward with 65 percent of the vote.
Pritzker earned 40 percent of the vote in the 19th Ward, ahead of Kennedy (37 percent) and Biss (19 percent).
The gubernatorial races were among several in the spotlight.
In the Democratic primary for Cook County assessor, Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi, who has worked as a financial manager for Columbia Wanger Asset Management, ousted incumbent Joseph Berrios, earning 45 percent of the vote to Berrios’ 34 percent.
Andrea Raila, a property tax analyst, earned 21 percent. She had been removed from the ballot for fraudulent petitions, but an appellate court reinstated her candidacy. However, some election officials were reportedly told to distribute notices to voters saying she was not on the ballot. According to reports, officials from the Chicago Board of Elections also sent a text message to voters early on March 20 saying Raila was not on the ballot, an error they apologized for later that day.
Raila has reportedly said she is considering the potential of calling for a special election.
Kaegi won the 19th Ward with 53 percent of the vote, comfortably ahead of Berrios (31 percent) and Raila (16 percent).
In the Democratic primary for Cook County board president, incumbent Toni Preckwinkle defeated Bob Fioretti 62 percent to 38 percent.
Preckwinkle was criticized after she cast the deciding vote to implement the sweetened-beverage tax late last year, which charged a penny per ounce. Amid public outcry, the tax was repealed about a month later.
However, Fioretti did win the 19th Ward with 56 percent of the vote.
Preckwinkle does not have a Republican challenger.
In the Democratic primary for Illinois attorney general, state Sen. Kwame Raoul earned 30 percent of the vote to edge former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (28 percent) and six other opponents.
Raoul won the 19th Ward with 37 percent compared to Quinn’s 26 percent.
Raoul will face Erika Harold, a former Miss America who defeated Gary Grasso in the Republican primary with 60 percent of the vote. Grasso won the 19th Ward with 53 percent.
Raoul and Harold are running to replace Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who is not running for reelection.