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Billionaire Pritzker to Face Incumbent Rauner in Illinois Governor’s Race

  • Election for governor has potential to set spending record
  • Victor to run state with some of nation’s worst fiscal issues
J.B. Pritzker
J.B. PritzkerPhotographer: Nam Y. Huh/AP
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Billionaire J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic primary for Illinois governor Tuesday after investing at least $69.5 million of his fortune to try to secure a job that comes with some of the biggest fiscal challenges faced by any state.

The Hyatt hotel heir in November will face incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who emerged with a surprisingly narrow victory in the GOP primary against State Representative Jeanne Ives, a conservative challenger who was underfunded, understaffed and mostly unknown before entering the race.