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State Rep. Jeanne Ives To Challenge Rauner In Republican Primary

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017  |  Article  |  Derrick Blakley

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner officially has a challenger in next year’s Republican primary.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives filed petitions with the State Board of Elections Monday, officially announcing her run for governor.

She’s challenging Rauner because she says the governor betrayed conservatives on social and economic policy.

“We were promised a conservative, reformed governor. Instead, we got an Ivy League gender studies professor. Benedict Rauner betrayed us at every turn,” Ives said. “Bruce Rauner did not fight [House Speaker] Mike Madigan, he signed into law Mike Madigan and the Chicago Democrats’ holy grail of public policy.”

Ives has previously said that she found a lot of support from conservatives in her bid to challenge Rauner’s bid for re-election. While gathering petition signatures, she said conservatives are angry about Rauner signing an immigration-related bill, a utility bill and the school funding bill, which she called a “Chicago bailout.”

She also pointed out that National Review, a conservative magazine focusing on news and commentary pieces, said Rauner was the worst Republican governor in America.

Despite sitting in the governor’s chair for three years, Rauner claimed it’s Madigan who’s really running the state.

“We would have lower property taxes. We’d have term limits in this state if I was in charge. I am not in charge; I’m trying to get to be in charge,” he said Monday.

Ives launched her governor’s race after she says conservatives from around the state “drafted” her.