BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide,...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Senate has tentatively endorsed legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures to help lower health care costs.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's House has passed legislation to require hospitals to provide annual reports on their spending and their uncompensated patient care costs.
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado's new legislative caucus leadership (all times local):
Colorado's House majority leader, KC Becker, has been elected speaker by fellow Democrats for the 2019 legislative session.
Becker was chosen Thursday during party caucus in which Democrats marked their increased House majority.
The party also flipped Colorado's Senate in Tuesday's elections.
CHICAGO (AP) — The race for Illinois governor will be a battle between two deep-pocketed candidates who've already sunk more than $120 million of their own money into the contest, putting it on pace to become the costliest such campaign in U.S. history.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy former private equity investor, defeated conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives on Tuesday for the GOP nomination.
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary, greeting voters and sinking more money into what's become an increasingly fierce — and expensive — contest.
CHICAGO (AP) — The top Democratic candidates for Illinois governor went after each other in a spirited debate Wednesday, with billionaire J.B. Pritzker denying claims he used offshore accounts to avoid taxes and rivals Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss saying he's unfit to be the party's nominee.
"You do not want a liar as the governor of the state of Illinois," Kennedy said.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the final candidates forum between the leading Democratic candidates for Illinois governor (all times local):
Billionaire J.B. Pritzker has denied claims he used offshore accounts to avoid taxes, while rivals Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss are saying he's unfit to be the party's nominee for governor.
The three top Democratic candidates met Wednesday at WTTW-TV for an often spirited final debate before next week's primary.
CHICAGO (AP) — The 2018 campaign for Illinois governor could be one of the most expensive races in the nation with several wealthy candidates spending freely to win votes.
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy private equity firm founder and the only Republican holding a statewide office in left-leaning Illinois, is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic candidates for governor say it's time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana, while Republican candidates oppose the idea.
Nine states and Washington, D.C, have already legalized recreational marijuana. Democrats seeking their party's nomination for governor say it's time the state follow suit, arguing the move would bring in needed revenue and would be a major step toward criminal justice reform.
CHICAGO (AP) — As the fight to become the Democratic nominee for Illinois governor enters its final weeks, the looming question remains the same as it's been for months: Can anyone stop J.B. Pritzker?
The billionaire Chicago businessman has spent millions on his campaign, becoming a seemingly constant presence on television and collecting endorsements from many in the party establishment. Polls consistently have shown him as the front runner.
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Illinois governor candidates J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss traded some familiar criticisms Friday in an otherwise tame primary debate that also touched on the role of Latinos in their campaigns and possible incentives for Amazon.
Biss, a state senator from Evanston, repeatedly noted Pritzker and Kennedy's wealth, comparing them with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and warning "let's not make that mistake again."
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the debate between the Democratic candidates for Illinois governor (all times local):
Democratic candidates for governor J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss have lobbed some familiar criticisms at each other during an otherwise tame primary debate.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats running for Illinois governor largely avoided sparring with each other in a debate Wednesday, focusing their ire on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's record on the budget and infrastructure and on President Donald Trump's first year in office.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic gubernatorial debate (all times local):
Illinois Democrats running for governor attacked Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump but largely avoided jabs at one another during a debate in Springfield.
CHICAGO (AP) — In an Illinois governor race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire, Daniel Biss likes to tell people he's given his campaign just $25 — and then his wife decided to one-up him and donate $50.
"We're pretty well maxed out, but we'll see what we can do going forward," the Democratic state senator from Evanston said at a recent event, drawing laughs from some and serious nods from others.
CHICAGO (AP) — After years of deficits and a destructive state budget impasse, Illinois is facing a massive financial crisis. For most of the candidates seeking to become Illinois' next governor, the solution is to overhaul the tax system.
Almost all of the Democrats want the state's wealthiest people to pay more in taxes, while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll try to undo a recent across-the-board income tax hike and his GOP rival says he's not to be believed.
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor fought Tuesday to position themselves as the best person to appear on the November ballot, facing off in a rapid-fire forum over taxes, accusations of pay-to-play politics and who has the best vision for the state.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the first televised forum between the Democratic candidates for Illinois governor (all times local):
The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor have faced off over taxes, accusations of pay-to-play politics and who would be the strongest nominee on the November ballot and to lead the state.
The candidates met Tuesday for a rapid-fire forum at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. It was the first televised meeting ahead of the March 20 primary.
CHICAGO (AP) — Few people running for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy, who was a child when his father and uncle, Sen. Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy, were assassinated.
CHICAGO (AP) — Even as the homicide rate has dropped in Chicago, violence remains one of the city's top problems, and concerns also are heightened in other communities across Illinois.
The Associated Press asked the candidates for Illinois governor a series of questions about how they'd address the issue.
CHICAGO (AP) — The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether tech giant Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and some 50,000 new jobs. Some high-profile court cases and a tribute to the nation's first black president also will move forward.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two wealthy businessmen seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor released partial tax returns Monday, the same day they filed candidate petitions for the 2018 primary.
The gubernatorial race is already on track to be the most expensive in U.S. history and questions about wealth and privilege have come up often on the campaign trail.
CHICAGO (AP) — The ballot for Illinois' 2018 primary is starting to take shape.
Monday is the start of the filing period for established party candidates running in the March primary. Candidates have until Dec. 4 to turn in petitions.
Candidates for governor submitted petitions Monday, including Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He is seeking re-election.
CHICAGO (AP) — The 2018 Illinois governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat who are airing TV ads and hopping private planes to campaign events more than a year before Election Day.
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy's newly announced running mate says he wants to work with Kennedy to address the "senseless violence" that plagues Illinois and took the life of his adult son earlier this summer.
Kennedy on Thursday introduced Chicago political activist Ra Joy as his lieutenant governor candidate in the 2018 campaign, saying they would combine to bring a change from the status quo and "a new direction for our state."
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss has chosen Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate.
Ramirez-Rosa was elected to City Council in 2015 at age 26, one of the youngest ever elected in the city. He's a member of the Progressive Reform Caucus and was a delegate for Bernie Sanders in last year's Democratic National Convention.
HIGHWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's running for Illinois governor.
The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid on Tuesday.
In a news release, Drury says he'll be the independent Democrat in the race. In January, he was the only Democrat not to vote in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan's election to a 17th term as speaker. Madigan also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Ken Griffin has contributed $20 million to Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election fund.
Rauner's campaign committee reported the donation from the CEO of the Chicago-based investment firm Citadel on Wednesday.
The eye-popping contribution is the latest sign of how costly and competitive the 2018 race for Illinois governor will be.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Democrat running for Illinois governor in 2018 is calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
J.B. Pritzker said in a statement Wednesday the House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings. He says there are "credible reports" that Trump "obstructed justice in the investigation of the Russian hacking of our democracy."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Illinois governor has failed to get Senate approval for a plan to provide taxpayer funds to match small contributions to political candidates.
State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston is a 2018 candidate for the Democratic nomination that includes two independently wealthy candidates: Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker. He is running as a candidate reliant on small-dollar gifts.
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is launching the first television ads of the Democratic primary for Illinois governor.
Pritzker's campaign is releasing a 60-second ad statewide on Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has contributed $7 million to his campaign fund for Illinois governor.
The donation confirmed Saturday by a campaign spokeswoman comes over a week after the Democrat officially launched his campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner launched a two-day tour paid for by his campaign fund on Tuesday, insisting the statewide fly around "has nothing to do with the election" even as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and his approval ratings sag.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A third-term Illinois state representative says he's considering a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.
Scott Drury said Monday he wants to stop the "partisan bickering, public corruption and uncontrolled violence" in Illinois. He blames both Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan for the two-year budget stalemate.
CHICAGO (AP) — A billionaire businessman's announcement that he's running for Illinois governor in 2018 means there will be at least three candidates in the race who have enormous personal wealth.
Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Thursday jumped into the contest to try to unseat Illinois' wealthy Republican businessman-turned-governor, Bruce Rauner. Chris Kennedy, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, already said he's seeking the Democratic nomination.
BUNKER HILL, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar (mah-NAHR') says he will remain in the Illinois Senate rather than run for governor in 2018.
In an emailed statement Friday, the Bunker Hill resident says he plans to continue being "a strong voice for the citizens of Central Illinois" in the Legislature.
Manar was among several Democrats who said they were considering running against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy's roughly $250,000 donation to his own campaign has lifted spending caps in what's expected to be another big money race for Illinois governor.
CHICAGO (AP) — State Sen. Daniel Biss said Monday he's running for Illinois governor in 2018, joining a growing field of Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The former University of Chicago math professor from Evanston said during an announcement streamed live via Facebook that it's time to take the state back from special interests that have controlled both parties.
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has taken the first formal step toward a 2018 challenge to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The Democrat says he filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Tuesday to form an exploratory committee. He says he's contributing $200,000 to cover the committee's day-to-day operations.
Pritzker is an investor and philanthropist who has the personal fortune to compete with Rauner's wealth.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she won't run for Illinois governor in 2018.
In a statement Monday, Bustos says she decided staying in Congress is "the best way for me to continue getting real results for working families across the heartland."
Bustos was recently elected to Democratic leadership in the U.S. House, where she is co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwest Illinois school official says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.
Robert Daiber is the Madison County regional superintendent of schools.
He says the state faces a real financial crisis, including the ongoing budget impasse, and the governor's "chief responsibility" is to submit a spending plan. He says his candidacy will focus on "compromising collaboration."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate Democrat wants public money to aid Illinois political candidates reliant on small contributions.
Democratic Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston is aiming to blunt the influence of wealthy donors in races from governor to legislative seats.
Contributions of $25 to $150 would be matched by six times that amount in public funds. Spending would be capped at $25 million yearly. Participants could not accept more than $500 from a single donor.
By announcing his bid for Illinois governor in 2018, Chris Kennedy joins a long list of politically influential family members. Here are some other Kennedy relatives who are or have been involved in public service:
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family's political legacy to what's expected to be a sharply contested race.