State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, confirmed Oct. 28 she is circulating nominating petitions to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary.
"I need my army of supporters around the state to bring common sense back to Illinois," Ives said on Facebook.
She has chosen Rich Morthland as her running mate, according to her nominating petition. Morthland is a Rock Island County Board member, and he served in the Illinois House from 2011 to 2013.
“Today my team and I are taking the first step towards restoring common sense in Illinois,” Ives said in an email published by another media outlet. “I have started circulating petitions to place my name on the ballot for governor of Illinois. I have selected as my Lt. Governor Rich Morthland, a farmer, former state representative and community college professor from the Rock Island area.”
Ives, a three-term legislator, does not yet plan to formally announce a bid for governor, according to media reports. Candidates for governor must submit a minimum of 5,000 valid signatures by Dec. 4.
“There is little trust between most Illinoisans and their government at many levels and for good reasons,” Ives said in her email. “Top political leaders have lied to the people about who they are and what they are going to do, and they continue to make promises we cannot keep. Public corruption is an everyday event across the state. Many Illinoisans have simply decided to leave for better opportunities elsewhere.”
Ives, 51, is a graduate of West Point Military Academy. During her time in the Army, she served as a platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany.
Ives previously served as a member of the Wheaton City Council. She and her husband have five children.