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Rauner, other IL GOP Leaders supported pro-immigration policies in 2014


L to R: Sen. Oberweis, Rep. Durkin, Rep. Cross, Gov. Rauner, Topinka, Edgar, Hastert 

CHICAGO – The new Jeanne Ives' ad featuring victimized family member Brian McCann recalls Governor Rauner's refusal to hear the family member's concerns about protecting those in the state illegally. 

But in all fairness, Governor Rauner's final position of ignoring the families, the Illinois Republican Party platform and signing into law SB 31 shouldn't have been a surprise. There were signals all along that Governor Rauner sided with the Chamber of Commerce's pro-amnesty policy, as far back as April of 2014. 

Rauner made public his support for the immigration community at an event hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition – as did several other IL GOP leaders, including the late Judy Baar Topinka, Governor Jim Edgar, Governor Jim Thompson, then-Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. Other leaders included former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-North Aurora). 

Graphic featured on IBIC's website prior to 2014 event

Exelon's then-chairman John Rowe led that April 2014 event, calling for a "pathway to legal citizenship," which has become code for amnesty for those who have broken the law and entered the country illegally.

Radio talk show host and one-term Congressman Joe Walsh led a protest outside the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition event, along with several other longtime illegal immigration opponents.

"If elected politicians don't stand up for the rule of law what good are they?" Walsh said he believed "in his bones" that should amnesty be granted, a third party will be formed the day after.

Despite all the indications of a pro-immigration policy, state Tea Party leaders encouraged conservatives to support then-challenger Bruce Rauner over incumbent Governor Pat Quinn in the November 2014 General Election. Their support, along with the tepid support of Illinois conservative leaders such as Family PAC's Paul Caprio and conservative State Rep. Tom Morrison, Rauner won and Quinn was ousted.

Rauner was sworn into office January 2015. 


  1. Most of us who respond on this site already know the traitors in the Illinois GOP.
    These elites have made it almost impossible for future Republican candidates to win statewide in Illinois. Illinois will likely lose 2 electoral votes in the future and this will come at the cost of Republican seats.
    Yet these traitors are so beholden to business and Ag corporations that they just don’t care.
    And that is why I call them traitors.

  2. Please do not muddy the water with statements like you made in the headline. None of those guys need be making a pro-immigration stand when they should be staunchly against illegal immigration. Illegal immigration and immigration are as different as apples and oranges.

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