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Conservative family group endorses Ives for Governor; more in primary races



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MOKENA – The state's leading conservative family political action committee – Illinois Family Action – surprised few when they picked challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives in the March 20th GOP primary over incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner.

"The premier contest in Illinois this spring is in the Republican gubernatorial primary, where West Point graduate, mother of five and economic and social conservative Jeanne Ives takes on the incumbent governor who has signed too many Leftist inspired bills and failed to lead on the state budget. IFA enthusiastically endorses Jeanne Ives for Governor," the website says. 

And while IFA chose not to endorse in any of the other statewide races, they made picks in several controversial GOP primary legislative races. 

In the 92nd GOP House race, IFA rejected Minority Leader Jim Durkin and sided with Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub. In the 54th Senate race among several candidates, IFA chose conservative Jason Plummer, who recently also obtained pro-life leader former State Rep. Penny Pullen's endorsement. They also picked former state lawmaker Dwight Kay in the 112th House race over incumbent Republican state Rep. Katie Stuart.  

IFA also mentioned two federal races – one in which Republican incumbent Congressman Adam Kinzinger is being challenged.  IFA picked challenger James Marter over Kinzinger in the 16th CD race. They also confirmed their support for Congressman Darin LaHood in the 18th CD. 

More on their reasons for endorsing may be found HERE. 

The list of endorsed candidates include:

Illinois Statewide Races:

Governor – Jeanne Ives 

Illinois General Assembly Races:

State Senate Dist. 54 – Jason Plummer

State Rep. Dist. 42 – Amy Grant

State Rep. Dist. 46 – Jay Kinzler

State Rep. Dist. 49 – Tonia Khouri

State Rep. Dist. 62 – Ken Idstein

State Rep. Dist. 82 – Mickey Straub

State Rep. Dist. 89 – Andrew Chesney

State Rep. Dist. 93 – Joshua Griffith

State Rep. Dist. 100 – Jonas Petty

State Rep. Dist. 107 – Blaine Wilhour

State Rep. Dist. 108 – Don Moore

State Rep. Dist. 109 – Darren Bailey

State Rep. Dist. 110 –  Chris Miller

State Rep. Dist. 111 – Mike Babcock

State Rep. Dist. 112 – Dwight Kay

State Rep. Dist. 115 – Paul Jacobs

State Rep. Dist. 118 – Samuel Stratemeyer

Federal Races:

U.S. House Dist. 16 – James Marter

U.S. House Dist. 18 – Darin LaHood


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  1. They can’t endorse Erika because she refuses to fill out questionnaires and has basically become Rauner’s ally. Idstein is,to the say the least, not impressive but he has Proft’s money. But my only real quibble is Jason Plummer. He is one of the big reasons why Bill Brady lost in 2010–his performance was pathetic as the Lite Guv candidate. He is also untrustworthy from the reports of many people I know. Unfortunately his State Senate opponents divide the vote and none of them really stand out.