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'I’m going to lead the charge': Jeanne Ives, Rauner's GOP primary challenger, visits Southern Illinois

Carbondale Southern Illinoisan

Wednesday, December 6, 2017  |  Article  |  MARILYN HALSTEAD The Southern

Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44) Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
MURPHYSBORO — State Rep. Jeanne Ives recently announced she will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in March's Republican primary.

On Tuesday, she spent her day in Southern Illinois.

Ives, R-Wheaton, represents the 42nd District, which includes all of parts of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle and Naperville.

On Monday, after an official campaign announcement and hometown gathering in Wheaton, Ives filed her petitions in Springfield. Then, she used her first days of campaigning to connect with voters she calls “the forgotten people of southern and central Illinois.”

She started the day Tuesday visiting with voters in Marion. She moved to Murphysboro for the early afternoon, then on to Red Bud later in the day.

Ives was elected state representative in 2012. She is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor of science in economics. Ives served on Wheaton City Council.

Her running mate is former State Rep. Rich Morthland, a Rock Island farmer and assistant professor at Black Hawk College.

“Unfortunately, the governor joined the Chicago Democratic agenda instead of adopting conservative Republican ideals,” Ives said.

Ives grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota, a farming community of about 10,000, in a family with six children. Four of those children moved to Illinois in the early 1990s to seek careers. One sister still lives in Vermillion.

Earlier this year, her sister called to say she met a couple from Du Page County who were looking at homes in Vermillion. They told her sister that they could not afford to stay in Illinois and send their children to college.

“They left Illinois to become South Dakota residents where there is no state income tax and half the property taxes of Illinois. Now they can afford to send their kids to college and take vacations,” Ives said.

Ives went to Springfield as a state representative on behalf of the tax payers and residents of Illinois, and now she would like to be governor on behalf of even more Illinois taxpayers.

Ives is a conservative, which to her means belief in fiscal restraint, limited government, freedom of speech and conscience, rule of law and personal responsibility. She is often called a social conservative, but Ives says she is running for governor as a fiscal conservative.

“It is 100 percent not true that I am all about social issues,” Ives said.

She used taxpayer funding of abortion as an example.

“Taxpayer funding of abortion is a fiscal issue. You don’t start programs when the state is practically bankrupt,” Ives said.

She is also concerned about education funding and was adamantly opposed to the education funding bill that passed.

“We now have made another promise we cannot keep,” Ives said.

The bill would cost $350 billion over the next 10 years. The governor has already backed off parts of the bill in his proposed budget.

Ives believes the state should fund underfunded schools first, then reward schools with good outcomes.

“Nobody’s saying what I am saying or doing what I am doing," she said. "I’m going to lead the charge."

She also wants to lead the charge on public corruption, which costs money, lives and credibility. She said she will detect, expose and prosecute corruption from day one.

“Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin all turned around their states," Ives said, "and Illinois can do that, too."