These 5 learned the hard way: Money no guarantee of success in Illinois elections

Mar 04, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner denies ever pledging to spend $50 million of his own money to fund his campaign, but there is no denying that he could do it if he wanted. His $1 million donation to his own campaign this week brings his total to $6 million — breaking the record for self-funding in a gubernatorial campaign (previously held by Ron Gidwitz at $5.3 million).

Illinois has never seen a candidate with wealth on Rauner’s scale, but wealthy candidates in general have struggled in recent years. Here are some examples. (Click image and use magnifying glass cursor to enlarge.)

Wealthy candidates of Illinois


Bruce Rauner is making headlines for his campaign spending, but he’s also leading in the polls. Find out where he and all the Republican candidates for governor stand on the issues in the questionnaire we co-sponsored with the Better Government Association.

Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn all have picked up news media endorsements for the March 18 primary. See who’s endorsing whom here.

Follow the gubernatorial race in the cartoons of Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis. We’ve collected them in this gallery.

Super PACs are funding attack ads against all the Republican gubernatorial candidates. We provide a rundown of who’s behind theses efforts on this edition of “Spin Cycle.”

Reboot’s Madeleine Doubek has been sorely disappointed in the lack of depth in the primary races thus far. She lists some of the tough questions the candidates should be addressing, but aren’t.

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