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Illinois Governor 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference in Chicago on July 5. The 2018 Illinois governor's race is to begin its final countdown, with Monday marking one year until the Republican governor faces off against a Democratic challenger.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Republican state legislator is making a primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says in remarks released early Monday by her campaign that she'll side with "taxpaying Illinois families" instead of the "political ruling class." She notes that she supported Rauner's campaign in 2014, but says Illinois needs a new path.

Ives earlier said she'd selected former state Rep. Rich Morthland as a lieutenant governor running mate.

Ives took office in 2013 and was formerly a member of the Wheaton City Council. She's a West Point graduate and former Army officer.

Candidates hoping to run in the March primary face a Monday deadline to file petitions with state election officials.

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