OAK PARK, Ill. — Vowing "to throw the rascals out," Adlai Stevenson III announced his candidacy for governor today in hopes of avenging his 1982 loss in the closest gubernatorial race in Illinois history.
Stevenson, 55, said he will face Atty. Gen. Neil Hartigan in the March Democratic primary. The winner will face three-term Republican Gov. James R. Thompson. In the 1982 governor's race, Thompson edged Stevenson by 0.139%--5,074 votes out of more than 3.6 million cast.