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The race for governor in Illinois is expected to be the most expensive statewide election in history, anticipated to come in at "more than a quarter-billion dollars," according to a Politico report.

Where they stand: Current Governor Bruce Rauner has raised $70 million, Democrat J.B. Pritzker has raised $14 million, and other Democrats have raised a collective $3.3 million. Rauner and Pritzker, two self-funders, are expected to raise over $300 million by the end of the election in November 2018.

Why it matters: Illinois is currently experiencing a financial crisis, only narrowly avoiding receiving a "junk" credit rating from S&P Global Ratings after passing the first budget in two years. The extreme spending by its candidates is ironic to say the least, with the state seeing "devastating cuts to social services, higher education, and more."

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Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.