Yesterday, a debate took place at Chicago State University between candidates for the Governor of Illinois. Moderating the event was Christina Tobin, President of the Free & Equal Elections Foundation (and a Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State in California). All candidates who are on the ballot or submitted enough petitions to gain ballot access for the November election were invited to participate. Five candidates took part in the event, but noticeably absent were the Republican and Democratic Party candidates.
Sparks flew between some of the candidates, particularly Green Rich Whitney and Libertarian Lex Green.
Green said by cutting spending on health and education back to 2008 levels, “We really aren’t doing anything Draconian.”
Whitney vehemently disagreed.
“I don’t think we can possibly agree that it’s not Draconian to make further cuts in health and education,” Whitney said. “We cannot possibly continue this way: teachers getting pink slips, class sizes getting higher. This is Draconian.”
At the very least, we will likely see four people on the ballot in November. Rich Whitney, who pulled in 10% in his 2006 run for Governor, has already secured his spot on the ballot alongside the Republican and Democratic Party nominees. In addition, former Democratic Party Lt. Governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen appears to have more than enough signatures to survive any challenge to his petition. Cohen is extremely wealthy, so the lack of polling including him in the race and his ability to self-fund throws a curveball to any predictions about the outcome in November.
You can see the full debate here.