We’re t-minus nine days until the Illinois primary.
It’s a rare election in that the incumbent actually faces a challenge from within his own party.
That being said, a poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at the end of February shows Governor Bruce Rauner with a comfortable lead over his challenger, State Representative Jeanne Ives, 51 to 31 percent.
Democrats will see six candidates on their ballot come March 20.
The same poll shows JB Pritzker in the lead at 31 percent, State Senator Daniel Biss second at 21 percent, Chris Kennedy next with 17 percent and the remaining three trailing significantly: Tio Hardiman at two percent, Bob Daiber and Robert Marshall each with one percent in the poll and 25 percent undecided.
All of those undecided voters indicate the race could swing a lot of different ways.
Bob Daiber would likely tell you that he can win if they go his way.
He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University to go along with a PhD from Southern Illinois.
All of them in education.
That’s where he spent his professional career.
He’s also held elected office.
He was a Madison County board member.
Daiber is currently a Marine Township Supervisor and is also the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
Right now, the numbers aren’t in Daiber’s favor if you believe the polls.
There’s a good reason why we’re talking about him: Bob Daiber joined us for a conversation on 4 the Record this week.
Daiber is a career educator.
We get the commitment to primary and higher education.
Daiber addressed why voters should think he’s qualified to be governor and manage all of the state’s business.
“I have more experience than anyone running,” Daiber said. “I have 20 years in local government experience… and I really think on election day, people are looking at a candidate who’s laid out clear policies that has a record of getting the job done. … I said I would campaign and stay in this race as long as when I get done speaking, people come up to me and say, ‘We’re for you, we’re supporting you, we think you’re an everyday guy, you’re the right guy that should be governor.”
Daiber pledges to stabilize the budget by issuing bonds to finance the debt to reduce interest.
He agrees with his fellow Democrats to establish a graduated income tax rate for the state.
Here are the rates he proposes.
A one percent tax on income up to $25,000.
The next bracket is 2.25 percent up to $45,000.
$45,000 to $150,000 would be taxed at 3.75 percent.
It climbs to 4.95 percent for $150,000 to $1 million.
A million dollars and more reaches the top bracket of 6 percent.
Daiber thinks he can get lower interest on a bond issue considering the state’s poor bond rating and that a progressive income tax is possible despite it taking a constitutional amendment.
Watch the full interview in the video above.
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