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Ives taps Rich Morthland as GOP ballot running mate



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Former State Rep. Rich Morthland

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) reached out to friends and supporters Saturday, asking them to circulate petitions to gather the needed 10,000 signatures needed to get on the March 2018 GOP primary ballot, challenging incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Illinois law requires gubernatorial candidates to run as teams with their lieutenant governors, so the petitions revealed Ives' pick. The name on her petitions is former State Rep. Rich Morthland, from the Quad Cities part of the state. He served one term – from 2011 to 2013 – in the Illinois House. 

Who is Rich Morthland, and how will his views blend with the gubernatorial candidate's? 

Here's a hint from before the time Morthland served in Springfield. A recorded 10 minute interview from 2010:  

And another 20 minute interview from 2012, after serving a term in the Illinois House:  


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  1. last night I got home from a one-day trip, opened my computer to find an e-mail stating “new, corrected” petitions for Jeanne Ives would be sent.
    Apparently, the originals were defective (something about an incorrect address) and are INVALID, so corrected ones would have to be circulated as replacements. Was the campaign in such a hurry that no one bothered to proof-read anything before printing and spreading them?
    First, she starts two months late, now it must re-start?
    If THIS is how the Ives campaign is being run, it’s over before it begins.