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State Week: Pritzker, Griffin are prepared to spend big on governor's race

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Brian Mackey

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has already announced he'll run for another term in 2022. This week, the state's wealthiest resident and hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin added some intrigue when he told Crain's Chicago Business that he will bankroll a challenger. He gave no indication which candidate he'd support.

The panel talks about what that means for the upcoming governor's race and how the trend of record campaign spending is likely to continue.

We also hear discussion on Illinois' budget outlook, COVID-19 numbers and an update on legal action over redistricting.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by statehouse editor Hannah Meisel, emeritus professor Charlie Wheeler and guest Dan Petrella, who covers state government for the Chicago Tribune.

Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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