Chances of re-establishing a nuclear deal with Iran seem to be fading.

Billionaires will have a big say in the Illinois race for governor.

And Iowa joins the list of red states making a commitment to border security.

We’ll cover that this morning with former Scott County Democratic Party Chair Elesha Gayman and former Rock Island County Republican Party Chair Bill Bloom.

“It becomes a challenge for a candidate who can’t raise money to get his message out and effectively compete when you’re opposed by opponents with multiple millions of dollars and billion-dollar backing,” Bloom said. “Its a necessity, given the nature of JD Pritzker and the Democrats in Illinois….”

“I think it’s really disheartening for democracy,” Gayman said. “The amount of money that is poured into these races is just astronomical …. We still have yet to have a significant and meaningful conversation about election campaign finance reform happening.”

Hear what else they have to say in the video.

Now we’d like to hear from you, too, with our question of the week. What do you think about money from billionaires playing a big role in the campaigns for Democrats and Republicans running for Illinois governor? Let us know at 4therecord@whbf.com.

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