Mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city set to join GOP race for governor, sources say

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will join the Republican primary contest for governor as early as Monday, completing a slate aimed at gaining financial backing from billionaire Ken Griffin to challenge Democrats who hold all statewide offices, sources said Friday. Irvin, the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city, would be the fifth announced candidate for the GOP nomination in the June 28 primary, with the winner taking on wealthy first-term Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the November general election. But unlike the four previous announced contenders, Irvin’s candidacy is expected to…

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