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  • Governor Rauner Shows Political Courage in Illinois

    03/22/2018 12:42:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeanne Ives and Governor Bruce Rauner It isn't often that you see political courage shown in Illinois. Illinois is a deep blue state that has very restrictive gun control laws. Chicago politicians are all to eager to curry favor with the national media and to go-along to get-along with the anti-Second Amendment agenda. Illinois politics is dominated by Chicago. Governor Bruce Rauner went against the flow and the enormous power wielded by the network media. He vetoed an expensive and ineffective bill, SB 1657, designed to make gun sales more difficult in Illinois, at least for small dealers.  From...
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

    03/21/2018 11:44:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 83 replies
    In 30 years of writing op-ed columns for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, I'm hard pressed to recall making any political predictions. I prefer to leave it to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn. But here comes an exception. Bruce Rauner has slit his throat, with his general incompetence and a campaign that was so dishonest that it set some sort of record in a state where truth is typically flushable. The way he failed to get a single one of his goals accomplished in his three and a half years as governor is by itself a flop worthy of...
  • Governor Rauner Defeats Conservative Challenger Ives in a Close Illinois Primary

    03/21/2018 6:57:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/21/2018 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Associated Press has called the Republican gubernatorial primary race for current Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, who defeated his conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in a tight contest tonight. Ives conceded to Rauner around 11:30 p.m., saying, “We fell just a bit short.” In spite of the close loss, the Ives campaign put together a remarkable effort in the primary, challenging Rauner to a difficult campaign season despite his massive spending advantage. When the race was called, Ives lagged behind the sitting governor by a little over three percentage points. Meanwhile, Erika Harold defeated Gary Grasso tonight for the GOP attorney-general...
  • Cook County GOP Tries New Tactic to Undermine GOP Townships' Pro-Ives Endorsement

    03/16/2018 9:55:57 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 16, 2018
    Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison is attempting a first time ever-seen tactic to overrule or undermine all of the Republican Township Committees that chose to endorse counter to his primary picks with a sample ballot that hit mailboxes Friday. In the mailing, Morrison writes in a small box a comment that leads unknowing Republicans to believe that any other ballots - possibly including local township organization ballots - are illegal. Wheeling Township GOP Committeeman Ruth O'Connell told Illinois Review, "This mailing undermines the work we've been doing in Wheeling Township and my authority as a committeeman. We endorsed Jeanne...
  • New Trier GOP Disses Gov. Rauner, Issues "No Endorsement"

    03/12/2018 10:56:33 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    North Cook News ^ | March 12, 2018 | Anonymous
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's local Republican organization will not endorse his re-election. The New Trier Township Republican Organization (NTRO) officially declined to endorse during a meeting on Saturday, just blocks from Rauner's home. "It is extraordinarily rare to fail to endorse an incumbent governor, let alone the incumbent's local organization." Rauner is facing a challenge from conservative reform State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton). Blair Garber said NTRO should back Rauner because "his money" can help Republicans re-claim control of the Illinois House from Democrats. "There's nobody who can do this but Bruce," he said. He's put in $100 million of his...
  • Ives defends her record from [IL RINO guv] Rauner attacks

    03/04/2018 7:55:35 PM PST · by NobleFree · 20 replies
    Bureau County Republican News ^ | Feb. 21, 2018 | Jim Dunn
    State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, pulled no punches regarding her disdain for incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner at an appearance in Princeton Saturday evening. Speaking to supporters who gathered at the Red Apple Restaurant prior to the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Ives said Rauner isn’t telling the truth about the budget, about his record, or about hers in multiple attack mailings sent to GOP primary voters. “What he’s telling you is a complete lie, but this is to be expected from a man who lied to a cardinal about taxpayer funding of abortion,” Ives said. Ives is a...
  • (Illinois) Election Year Politics Getting in Your Hair? Some Answers to Straighten Things Out

    03/04/2018 5:16:32 PM PST · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 4, 2018 | John Kass
    Is Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives really a creature of Democratic boss Mike Madigan? Gov. Bruce Rauner says so on his commercials. So it must be true, right? No. A friend saw the Rauner ad against Ives and texted, “So she’s a Madigan candidate?” No, I told him. Absolutely not. But when you have millions and millions to spend, like Rauner, you can say almost anything if you pay for it, and if media don’t call you out on it. Ives, the conservative Republican from Wheaton who is challenging Rauner in the primary for governor, is no Madigan toady. The...
  • I wanted Scott Walker, I ended up with Bruce Rauner

    02/28/2018 8:05:47 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 8 replies
    Soon, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., is expected to sign pro-life legislation, expanding on his unbroken history as governor of supporting pro-life policies. This is in contrast to his neighbor to the south, Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., who actually expanded taxpayer funding for abortion. On Election Day 2014 I watched election results come in at the Hilton Chicago with the Chicago GOP and the Rauner campaign. As a campaign manager for a state house representative, I celebrated as the Republicans retained control of the U.S. House and won the Senate. Late into the evening, I cheered as Bruce Rauner pulled off...
  • Illinois Governor Drinks Chocolate Milk To Demonstrate His Commitment to Diversity

    02/23/2018 6:10:11 AM PST · by PBRCat · 47 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 22, 2018 | Kim Jansenn
    CHICAGO In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity. "It's really, really good," Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink. "Diversity!"
  • Rauner's proposed budget hinges on shifting pension costs to schools

    02/15/2018 5:26:47 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed on Wednesday an election-year budget that relies on a politically questionable shift of pension costs to colleges, universities and local school districts. "The simple truth is this: We have to change the way we manage pension costs and group health expenses. If we don't, our finances will continue to deteriorate, our economy will remain sluggish and our tax burdens will stay high and keep rising," Rauner said in his fourth budget address. "Our FY19 budget addresses the problem head on and creates a surplus that we can use to pay down some of our...
  • Illinois governor candidate stands by ad blasted as 'racist'

    02/03/2018 9:27:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2018 10:58 AM EST
    A Republican lawmaker trying to unseat Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing by a campaign ad that’s being blasted as racist, homophobic and “repulsive.” State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a social and fiscal conservative, says the ad that began airing this weekend illustrates the GOP governor’s “chosen constituents based on the policy choices he made.” The ad features actors portraying people including a transgender woman and a Chicago Teachers Union member, all thanking Rauner. The deep-voiced transgender woman, wearing a dress that reveals a hairy chest, says “Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girl’s bathroom.” …
  • Ives Ad Targets Transgenders, Immigrants, and Women Who Get (Taxpayer Funded) Abortions

    02/02/2018 4:33:53 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 2, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    The ad marks a sharp public shift to the right in Ives’ campaign. Ives had been gaining attention following a debate with Rauner at the Chicago Tribune last week. And her sharp critiques of the governor were used in a digital ad by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker. “Thank you for legislation that lets me use the girls’ bathroom,” says a man in the new ad, dressed in a woman’s red dress. That targeted a House bill Rauner signed into law which allows transgender citizens to change their gender designation without going through gender reassignment or gender confirmation surgery. “Thank...
  • Jeanne Ives Routs Rauner With 90% of the Vote in Wheeling Township

    01/14/2018 7:26:25 AM PST · by PBRCat · 25 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 14, 2018 | Anonymous
    Grassroots support for Jeanne Ives’ gubernatorial bid continues to grow. Today, she adds the backing of the Wheeling Township Republican Organization (WTRO). Ninety percent (90%) of WTRO’s precinct captains voted to endorse Ives over incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. Wheeling Township is a Republican stronghold. In 2014, more Republican primary votes were cast in Wheeling Township than in 89 of Illinois’ 102 counties.
  • Activists to copy Illinois 'gay panic defense' ban elsewhere

    12/28/2017 4:58:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM EST | Sophia Tareen
    Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the so-called “gay panic defense” in Illinois, the second state after California to prohibit the tactic. It isn’t common, but one study shows it has surfaced in about half of all U.S. states and has been used with some success. Advocates say bans are necessary because crimes against gay...
  • 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election

    12/04/2017 1:40:22 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | Nov 17 | George Will
    ...This model is the iron alliance of the Democratic Party and government workers’ unions. Madigan supports Pritzker, who is committed to the alliance. This is the state of the state under it: Unfunded state and local government retirement debt is more than $260 billion and rising. Unfunded pension liabilities for the nation’s highest-paid government workers (overtime starts at 37.5 hours) are $130 billion and are projected to increase for at least through the next decade. Nearly 25 percent of the state’s general funds go to retirees (many living in Texas and Florida). Vendors are owed $9.5 billion. Every five minutes...
  • Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government

    10/09/2017 7:03:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune.com ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Diana Sroka Rickert
    Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government Diana Sroka Rickert I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. And it’s all paid for by you, Illinois taxpayers. “Welcome to state government,” said a new colleague, as we boarded the elevator for the 16th floor. This summer I got to see...
  • Illinois Gov. Rauner Signs Bill Allowing Medicaid For Abortions (Republican)

    09/28/2017 3:09:04 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 33 replies
    WGN9 ^ | September 28, 2017 | AP
    CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after the Republican reversed his stance on the issue last spring. The General Assembly controlled by Democrats approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until Monday, in part because he has changed his mind about support of the plan. As a candidate in 2014, Rauner said he would support expanding coverage for abortions. But last April he said he opposed the idea and said the state should focus on improving the economy. The proposal...
  • Rauner Signs Democrat Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Fund Abortion

    09/28/2017 2:58:38 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 27 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 9/28/2017 | Laurie Higgins
    Governor Bruce Rauner has stabbed conservatives in the back—again. But much worse, he has ensured that thousands more babies will be killed in the womb every year in Illinois, and taxpayers will pay for their deaths. Despite his commitment to veto HB 40, which requires taxpayers to fund the intentional killing of humans in utero—including healthy humans of any gestational age—through Medicaid and state employee insurance plans, Rauner is signing it into law. This is the same man who during the gubernatorial campaign told IFA that he believes life begins at conception. Claiming that life begins at conception and then...
  • Rauner to decide on abortion bill 'in the near future'

    09/25/2017 8:06:55 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/25/2017 | Rick Pearson and Kim Geiger
    Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he will decide "in the near future" the fate of a controversial and politically complex measure that would expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The Republican governor's decision has major political consequences as he seeks re-election, illustrated by his vow in April to veto the bill and comments last week that he was undecided. Democrats who run the legislature approved the legislation May 10 but did not send it to Rauner's desk until Monday. The governor was immediately peppered with questions at a pair of stops about what he'll...
  • Solar farms are cropping up in Will County, ILLINOIS

    09/05/2017 8:07:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune Southtown ^ | Sep 5, 2017 | Susan DeMar Lafferty
    Solar farms are cropping up in Will County As harvest season approaches, some Will County farmers may already be considering alternatives to the future of their corn and soybean fields. They are learning that the sun they now rely on to produce vegetables, could be harnessed into a new cash crop. Empowered by Illinois' new Future Energy Jobs Act, solar companies have approached area farmers in recent weeks about converting a portion of their property into solar farms. Cypress Creek Renewables, which currently operates solar farms in eight states, has an agreement with a landowner in Crete Township to convert...