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21 March 2017, 11:11 | Gladys Abbott
Sen. Daniel Biss announced Monday he is joining the growing list of Democrats challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in his bid for re-election in 2018.
He led an attack on Rauner and other Republicans during the 2016 election, creating a super PAC that ran ads linking the governor and the GOP to Donald Trump. A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the nature of his announcement.
Biss, a resident of north suburban Evanston, now represents the 9th District in the Illinois Senate and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District. He and his wife, Karin, have two children.
Making his announcement on Facebook, Biss says he'd work to change Illinois' flat income tax into a progressive one, where people with higher incomes pay higher tax rates.
The Evanston resident has long considered a gubernatorial bid and recently ramped up his political appearances to gain recognition.
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Biss joins Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, businessman Chris Kennedy, Madison County School Superintendent Bob Daiber, and Alex Paterakis, a 29 year-old man from Skokie.
"This is a campaign for the rest of us", he said. The ads featured actors resembling Trump and Rauner in various scenes, including one in which they dined together then stuck regular people with their bill.
Predictably, the Illinois Republican Party sent out a statement playing up Biss's ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan, calling him part of the speaker's "machine". "Biss has taken over $260,000 in Madigan money, supported Madigan for Speaker and voted for billions in unbalanced Madigan spending".
Madigan's personal campaign fund gave $500,000 to the Biss super PAC. Bruce Rauner became governor and IL has now gone through a budget stalemate like it has never before.
In a Democratic governor primary, Biss would seek to appeal to progressives in IL as Democrats nationally struggle to find their identity between liberal and establishment wings in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential race. The GOP's strategy, which it has used with other potential and announced rivals, comes as a recent poll found Rauner's disapproval rating has nearly doubled since just after he took office. Rauner, a wealthy former private equity investor, put $50 million into his re-election campaign fund a year ago - money Republicans said was intended as a warning to possible opponents.
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