GOP Candidates For Governor Trade Final Jabs

Craig Dellimore
March 19, 2018 - 5:11 pm
Bruce Rauner, Jeanne Ives

Bruce Rauner, Jeanne Ives

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Republican Primary challenger Jeanne Ives accused each other of political treachery as their campaigns moved through the final day.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

The Democratic Governors’ Association —a national group— has been running ads and sending out news releases against Rauner. The governor, campaigning in Hanover Park, suggested the ads are designed to help GOP challenger Ives, the conservative state representative running against him in Tuesday's primary.

Rauner claims Ives has helped enable his arch nemesis, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.

“We have got to fight back against Madigan, and she has specifically said she wouldn’t push back on his income tax hike that they passed over my veto last summer,” Rauner said. “And she specifically has voted against property tax relief.”

Ives said Rauner is telling desperate lies: “It is Rauner and the DGA who share the same policy positions on abortion, sanctuary state, Chicago bailouts and the like.”

Ives predicts conservatives will help her win the primary. Rauner calls her unelectable in November against whomever Democrats nominate.