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How about a more tame campaign for governor?

March 25, 2018 GMT

The Illinois governor’s race promises to be fascinating.

Here, we have two men, Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner, who never spent a day elected to any other position, and in Pritzker’s case, to any position.

Neither has ever sat as a state legislator or an alderman.

Neither has ever been a mayor. The grunt work of government, tasks such as making a zoning decision, was not for them.

Both are well educated. Pritzker has degrees from Duke University and the Northwestern University School of Law.

Rauner has a degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.

Both are rich, though Pritzker is richer. Pritzker is part of the Hyatt Hotel fortune, but made plenty of money on his own as a tech investor. His estimated net worth is $3.5 billion. Rauner, a venture capitalist. His net worth has been estimated at nearly $1 billion.


They have both spent heavily on their own campaigns. Media estimates say Pritzker poured in $70 million of his own money, Rauner $50 million. Much of that money on both sides was spent on brutal attack ads. They have attacked each other, as well as their primary opponents.

So, you have to assume it will be more of the same for the next eight months. But here’s one hope, one little suggestion.

Tell us less about the evils of the other guy.

Tell us more about what you would do. Give us specifics, too.