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Bruce Rauner: Candidate for Illinois Governor


Video: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tells voters about his platform. Learn more about Candidate Free Time.

About this candidate

Name: Bruce Rauner
Website: brucerauner.com

About this office

The governor is the chief executive of Illinois and oversees state agencies and departments. The governor is responsible for executing laws passed by the General Assembly.

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Candidate Statement

I’m Governor Bruce Rauner. Four years ago, you sent me to Springfield to clean up state government.

Fixing our broken system has been difficult. But despite the challenges, we’ve accomplished a lot:

  • Education reform, with record levels of K-12 and early childhood funding, greater equity in school funding, and more school choice.
  • Healthcare reform that improved access to quality care for Illinoisans, saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and makes us a national leader in behavioral health.
  • Groundbreaking criminal justice reform, reducing recidivism and increasing public safety by addressing the root causes of criminal behavior.
  • And we’ve added over 210,000 new jobs in Illinois since I became governor.

But we need four more years to finish the job of making state government truly work for the people of Illinois.

My opponent wants to raise taxes to cover $11 billion of his proposed new spending. But we’ve done that for decades in Illinois and it’s never worked.

We need to change our system in ways that aren’t partisan or unreasonable. By working together, we can:

  • Reduce property taxes by giving voters direct control of costs of local governments.
  • Reduce the income tax by getting pension reform done.
  • Grow more jobs by cutting red tape on businesses.
  • And get term limits and fair maps on the ballot through the legislature.

These are all changes that Democrats in other states have already done.

This election isn’t about Republican vs. Democrat. It’s about the people of Illinois vs. our corrupt political insiders. It’s about having the courage to do what’s right for our children and grandchildren.

I humbly ask for another four years to finish the job we started, to save our state.

About Candidate Free Time

WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 6 election.

Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates.

The Voters’ Guide is an online version of Candidate Free Time, pioneered by WTTW in the 1992 race for U.S. Senate. This year’s Candidate Free Time is produced with and underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County.

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