SPRINGFIELD — A Republican state legislator is making a primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton officially filed her  candidate papers on Monday before the 5 p.m. deadline for the March primary.

Ives said in remarks released early Monday by her campaign that she'll side with "taxpaying Illinois families" instead of the "political ruling class." She notes that she supported Rauner's campaign in 2014, but said Illinois needs a new path.

Ives tweeted earlier today that she would be traveling to Springfield to file her nominating petition.

Ives earlier said she'd selected former state Rep. Rich Morthland of Rock Island as a lieutenant governor running mate.

Ives took office in 2013 and was formerly a member of the Wheaton City Council. She's a U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate and former Army officer.

Rauner said Monday that he's in the best position to win the general election and dismissed Ives as a "fringe" candidate. He refused to say whether he'd debate her.

Also, Democratic Sen. Michael Hastings of Tinley Park also filed petitions to challenge longtime Secretary of State Jesse White in the primary.

Hastings says he has respect for White but was unsure if he was going to seek a sixth term. He'll "wait and see" before making a final decision.

White's campaign director Rocco Claps says there's no doubt White is running.

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