Allman Exclusive: Jeanne Ives Brings Conservative Challenge To Governor Rauner
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —
After one term as Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner is facing the wrath of conservatives who are fed up after he signed off on expanding taxpayer money for abortions and a law essentially making Illinois a "sanctuary state" for illegal aliens.
Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives (Wheaton) is leading the charge, saying Rauner never led the revolution in Illinois for taxpayers that was expected. Ives talked to The Allman Report Tuesday from Springfield.
She says it will be tough work navigating Illinois politics to not only challenge Rauner, but the likely Democratic nominee, J.B. Pritzker. "It will take a lot of work educating people (in Illinois) on taxes."
While Rauner has stood his ground on tax relief, he has not been successful against the political machine yielded by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is the longest serving leader of a state or federal legislative body in U.S. history.
In order for Ives to do battle with the Madigan machine, she's going to have to be tough. Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives who have challenged Madigan's status quo have been harassed and intimidated out of office. That means he faces virtually no opposition from most politicians in the Chicago area and northern Illinois, making him virtually bullet proof.
As a result, Illinois is spiraling towards economic oblivion, with a budget stalemate, the worst bond rating of any state in the union, and a public pension system on the verge of a historic implosion, and the state is poised to borrow a record $107 Billion to hold off the inevitable.
Ives says she's ready for the fight, and she says it will take a coalition of support not only from Southern Illinois, where voters have long been tired of Springfield and Chicago politics, but around Cook County.
After a recent debate with Governor Rauner, Ives emerged victorious, and Rauner appeared rattled. The governor is also facing growing criticism from more Republicans, as he refuses to meet face-to-face with them, Ives says.
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