Daniel Biss

Takeaways from Illinois primary: Big money, party splits

Illinois voters added their voices to the 2018 primary season, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner surviving an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the right and a suburban Chicago congressman, Dan Lipinski, narrowly dispatching a Democratic challenger fueled by the party's liberal wing.

Takeaways from the nation's second statewide primary in President Donald Trump's midterm election year:

RICH GOVERNOR, RICHER CHALLENGER, TWO APPROACHES

The general election for governor will pit one wealthy businessman against another. The pair's combined personal spending on the race tops $120 million already.

Rauner, who's just shy of billionaire status, put more...

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