Paper #40 of the Simon Review


The 2014 Governor’s race in Illinois featured two candidates who are the epitome of campaigns for high office in America today. In addition, the race also illustrated the major trends, driven by big money and big media, which are shaping our politics in the 21st century. This paper examines and analyzes the governor’s race in order to learn what it teaches us about politics in Illinois, and in the United States midway through the second decade of this century.