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IL GOP hands out Rauner funds before March 20th primary




SPRINGFIELD – For the first time since the Illinois State Board of Elections has posted contributions online, the Illinois Republican Party has enough funds on hand to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars directly to local party organizations.  Thus far this fall, the IL GOP has raised $4,570,000. 

The IL GOP's only major contributor thus far this year was Governor Bruce Rauner, who gave the IL GOP $4 million in October and another $500,000 in late December. A major portion of funds is being distributed before the March 20th primary when incumbent Governor Rauner is being challenged by State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton). 

Among the county organizations that have received Rauner's funds via the IL GOP are: 

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  1. Interesting choice of photos to lead the story. “Handing our cash?” I would not say it but others might wonder if township and GOP groups have to endorse and work for Rauner in the upcoming primary.
    There is massive support for Jeannie Ives at the grass roots level which make up Illinois Republican primary voters. It will be interesting if GOP groups pick Rauner without avitecfrom their members orvthe community of their voters.
    My polls of talking to likely Reoublican voters show Ives with huge numbers but I’m mostly interacting with conservatives. We will see what happens at endorsement sessions coming up.,
    January 20, 2018 on a Saturday six GOP groups will hear candidates and vote on endorsements on the northwest side of chicago and the north suburbs.,

  2. In order to win, Rauner needs to pull 1 of every 5 votes cast in Chicago. This would position him to counter Chicago’s heavily Democratic vote totals in the collar counties and Downstate. In the 2014 general election, Rauner defeated Quinn by barely hitting the 20% number in the city. So, of course, his dollars are going to all of the suburban organizations while the city organizations are asked to produce results without funds or resources.

  3. Competitve? HAHAHAHA! Competition implies 2 opposing teams. How can you have competition when both teams are sitting on the same bench?
    All this Rauner moolah accomplishes is to sow distrust amongst Right-of-Center voters who will cast a wary eye on any Republican ward heeler who comes around, with the suspicion that they are paid Rauner stooges.
    Oh, this Illinois GOP is becoming a complete joke. I really doubt I’ll even bother to vote this time around.

  4. Might as well vote for the Democrats if you vote for Rauner. He’s given them everything they never got with a Democrat governor. Permanent tax increase. Sanctuary state. Deference to Islam codified. State funding of abortion. Pat Quinn was never this good for them.

  5. Considering that Jeanne has absolutely no chance in hell in getting the requisite 20% vote in chicago, so if Jeanne should win the primary with “grassroots support”, there is the general elections in November.
    So, you think Jeanne can withstand a 100 million dollar campaign from JB and his democrat friends to frame Jeanne as a fringe far right ideologue?
    As a broken record, Jeanne’s 42 district is far different in political make up versus the State of Illinois, as a whole. Look what happened to Bill Brady, a few years back.

  6. I’m betting you preferred Jeb, Kasich, or Rubio to Trump and even now prefer Obama to Trump. You may have even shed a tear of joy when Obama was elected and a tear of sorrow when Trump was elected.

  7. What happened to Bill Brady is Bruce’s buddies NeverTrumped him (before NeverTrump was even a thing). We’re returning the favor, bud. Which nutsoids believe that Rauner is actually reelectable after the 3 year long budget crisis capped by a massive tax increase? He’s toxic. A fresh face is, in and of itself, a positive attribute that Bruce is devoid of. Say, is Bruce gonna release his tax returns this time around?

  8. Flashback: in 1983, incumbent Chicago mayor Jane Byrne had bags filled with groceries distributed to black voters in impoverished neighborhoods on the South and West sides of the city. Many residents asked her rival Democratic primary candidate, Harold Washington, what should they do when offered groceries? Washington replied “Take the groceries and vote for Harold!”
    Byrne finished second to Washington in the three way primary.
    Rauner’s money can’t buy him love.