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Illinois governor’s race is also battle among billionaires

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Darren Bailey speaks to voters during a campaign stop in Athens, Ill., June 14, 2022. Bailey is seeking the Republican nomination to face Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November.

WAUCONDA — The race to be Illinois’ next governor is also a battle among billionaires, including two whose names won’t appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot.

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Richard Irvin speaks with employees during a tour of HM Manufacturing Inc. in Wauconda, Ill., June 21, 2022. Irvin is seeking the Republican nomination to face Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett) AP

Republican candidates Darren Bailey and Richard Irvin each has a benefactor with a different vision for the party.

Businessmen Ken Griffin and Richard Uihlein have combined to pour more than $60 million into the race.

Griffin backs Irvin, a former prosecutor and first Black mayor of Chicago’s largest suburb.

Uihlein supports Bailey, a farmer and state lawmaker who fought pandemic measures such as mask mandates.

Billionaire Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Democratic Governors Association have spent millions trying to ensure Irvin isn’t the GOP nominee.

Bailey is the opponent Pritzker would rather face in November.

FILE – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ill., April 27, 2022. Pritzker, along with the Democratic Governors Association, has spent millions trying to ensure Richard Irvin isn’t the GOP nominee. (AP Photo/John O’Connor, File) AP
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