Aurora mayor reportedly plans to challenge Pritzker in gubernatorial election

Richard Irvin
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin Photo credit Patrick Gorski/ USA Today Images

AURORA, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The mayor of Aurora reportedly plans to challenge Governor J.B. Pritzker in this year’s election.

A number of reports say Aurora’s first black mayor Richard Irvin plans to announce Monday-Martin Luther King Jr. Day that he’s a Republican candidate for governor.

Reports further suggest Irvin may be in line to get the financial backing of Pritzker nemesis and fellow billionaire Ken Griffin-the wealthiest person in Illinois. Griffin has not yet publicly said who he plans to back against Pritzker.

Reports also indicate that Irvin’s campaign would be run by the same people who ran the campaigns of Governor Bruce Rauner.

According to his official city bio, Irvin is an Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq and he is also a former prosecutor and educator.