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Rauner encourages voters to get to the polls to defeat ‘corrupt’ Pritzger, Madigan

March 19, 2018

DeKALB – During a campaign stop at Lincoln Inn in DeKalb on Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner said a lot of voters take primary elections for granted.

The Republican governor said he feels he is the only candidate who can defeat Democratic front-runner J.B. Pritzker in November’s general election and stop Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s command over the Legislature, which will make the results of Tuesday’s primary critical.

″[Pritzker and Madigan] are corrupt,” Rauner said. “They’ve take our state down, and their whole plan is to raise taxes and to push more jobs out of the state and to continue the corruption of Madigan’s machine.”

Rauner said the Democratic Governor’s Association, which Pritzker has donated $2 million toward, has started to spend money in support of Rauner’s primary opponent, Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton.

“They’re trying to trick primary voters into voting for Ives and get the turnout for Ives up, because they know they can beat her in November,” Rauner said. “She’s not electable in a statewide general election. They know I can beat Pritzker, and I will beat him so they’re coming in big.”

Should Pritzker get elected in November, Rauner said he and Madigan will control the remapping of legislative districts following the 2020 census and will “turn out the lights” for Republicans in the state.

“Madigan will go back to a supermajority, jobs will flood out of this state and our taxes will go through the roof,” Rauner said.

Leading up to the election, Rauner has been stopping all over the state, including Bloomington, Peoria and Naperville, to promote an agenda that is pro-growth, -job creation, -taxpayer and -term limits on elected officials.

“We’ll roll back the income tax hike, bring it back down to three percent,” Rauner said. “We’ll lower property taxes, we’ll grow more jobs and we’ll get term limits on the ballot. Term limits is the number one way we can change the culture of corruption in the state of Illinois.”

As a self-declared big fan of Northern Illinois University, which has experienced enrollment and tuition problems for years, Rauner said he wants to provide the school with more resources.

“I also want to help NIU lower their costs by getting pension reform done and getting procurement reform so NIU can save money and get money in the classroom with the teachers and with the students,” Rauner said.