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Biss Announces Run for Illinois Governor


A state senator from the Chicago suburb of Evanston is joining the race for Illinois governor.

Daniel Biss is the fourth Democrat to say he wants to take on incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. He’s got a Ph.D. in math, and declared his candidacy on day 628 of Illinois' budget stalemate.

“People across our state are hurting because of the nightmare of the last two years caused by Bruce Rauner. Bruce Rauner’s policies have failed, and the state’s worse off as a result.”

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.

Rauner was asked about Biss and says, “Anybody who’s been part of the system … is going to be part of the problem."

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.