Illinois Governor’s Race Among Most Expensive in Country Thanks to Wealthy Candidates

RFI Policy Director Alisa Kaplan was quoted in this article.

Via – ABC 7 Chicago

Information about the 2017 income tax returns of Bruce Rauner and JB Pritzker, the two wealthy men leading the race for Illinois governor.

Governor Bruce Rauner reported $54.2 million in state taxable income. He paid $13.9 million in federal taxes, and about $2.2 million in state tax.
Democratic challenger JB Pritzker reported $55 million in state taxable income. He paid $17.3 million in federal taxes, and about $2.4 million in state taxes.

Besides returns, quarterly campaign finance reports were filed late Monday.

Rauner and Pritzker are worth the kind of money your average voter can’t relate to. While both candidates have dipped into their wealth to fund their campaigns, the latest campaign finance filings show Pritzker has used over $146 million dollars of his own money compared to the governor, who has donated over $95 million to his campaign.

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