State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has announced she has collected more than enough signatures to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary.
“With nearly 13,000 in hand, we will file with the maximum number of signatures allowed,” Ives said in a statement. “The support and encouragement our campaign has received is incredible. We will be doing our due diligence this week as remaining petitions come in … From Lake County to Effingham County, voters are looking for an honest option in the Republican primary, and a real challenge to the political class in government. I am prepared and resolved to stand with the families and businesses of this state through thick and thin. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.”
Candidates for governor must submit a minimum of 5,000 valid signatures by Dec. 4 to get on the March 20 primary ballot. Ives and volunteers collected the signatures – beyond the 10,000 maximum number – in a three-and-a-half week time period. It is common in an election for signatures to be challenged.
Ives, who was first elected to the state legislature in 2012, previously served as a member of the Wheaton City Council. In a previous interview, Ives said she was proud of her accomplishments while in the state legislature.
"I've gained the recognition of somebody down in Springfield who is policy focused and cares about the details," she had said. "My legislative successes would include reform at the College of DuPage and some other government transparency items, which is important. I have a number of other bills that have garnered attention from even the other side, where they have copied my legislation and passed it off as their own. So that means I'm being heard."
She has chosen Rich Morthland, a Rock Island County Board member who previously served in the Illinois House from 2011 to 2013, as her running mate.
"Rich has a principled background and a great profile that reflects who we are as Illinoisans," Ives said. "Look, we're an agricultural state, and the suburbs and the city tend to forget that, so you have the entire rest of the state that is still farmland that is producing jobs and food for the world. Rich is a farmer, and he's also a community college professor. And his wife, Betsey, is just a wonderful person as well. Those two balance our ticket, to show that we are about the entire state of Illinois, and not just the northeast sector."