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State Week: Another name surfaces in race for governor

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The primary is still half a year away, but the 2022 Illinois governor's contest is starting to heat up. There were reports this week that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is considering a bid. The Republican field already has four candidates who have announced, but there is speculation Irvin would gain financial backing from billionaire Ken Griffin.

Meanwhile, GOP state senator and gubernatorial hopeful Darren Bailey is teaming up with a former talk show host, who will be his running mate. And while Gov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking a second term, there are rumors his name is being floated as a possible presidential contender.

Our panel discussion features host Sean Crawford, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, Emeritus Professor Charlie Wheeler and WCIA-TV's Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell.

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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.
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.
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