What billionaire Ken Griffin's $20M contribution could mean for Illinois' gubernatorial race

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
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Ken Griffin contributed $20 million to Richard Irvin. Here's what it could mean for Gov. JB Pritzker and other Illinois governor election candidates.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Ken Griffin made a $20 million donation to the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin.

In a statement, Irvin said he appreciates Griffin's support.

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Releasing his own statement, the Citadel Founder said, quote, "I firmly believe Richard Irvin has the character and leadership needed to make Illinois a place where people can feel safe to live, raise a family and pursue their dreams."

In his only interview on the subject, Griffin sat down with Better Government Association President David Greising. David joined ABC7 with more on that conversation.

He talked about what this endorsement means for the Illinois governor's race and for Gov. JB Pritzker's campaign. He also discussed the governor's response to Griffin's endorsement and where other candidates rank with the two contenders.

Greising also spoke about what this election means for voters and what voters should be paying attention to as this all plays out.