Bruce Rauner

Without Rauner money, GOP faces tough legislative races

Republicans who gained ground in the Illinois General Assembly two years ago with Gov. Bruce Rauner's financial assistance have a tougher go of it this year.

Rauner and his top backers showered more than $40 million on legislative races in 2016. Against a legislative district map drawn by Democrats, the GOP picked up two seats in the Senate and four in the House, where they eliminated powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan's veto-proof majority.

But things have changed. Madigan didn't need that supermajority in summer 2017 to override Rauner's veto of a tax increase and budget deal to end a record-breaking two-year state financial stalemate. A year later, Rauner's too...