Republicans in Illinois might just fire their governor in their own party primary. Gov. Bruce Rauner last year signed into law a bill forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions. Pro-life Jeanne Ives is within striking distance.
One of the most vulnerable Republican governors up for re-election in 2018 is heading into Tuesday’s primary in Illinois with a strong challenge from his own party as well as six Democrats gunning for his job.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will need to beat out former Army veteran Jeanne Ives, who has forced the multimillionaire into a contested primary and called him out for his left-leaning stance on abortion and immigration. If he is able to secure a win, he will face a Democratic rival in November….
In Illinois, Rauner’s Republican challenger has built a strong grassroots campaign to unseat him by attacking his position on abortion. In September, Rauner signed a bill that expanded public funding of abortion in the state – effectively cutting ties to the very conservatives who helped elect him.
“It was the ultimate betrayal,” Ives told the Chicago Sun Times. “It was the moment when my colleagues started calling and saying someone needs to get in this race. There will be a reckoning.”