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Weyermuller: Ives tells City Club why Rauner is unelectable in 2018




By Mark Weyermuller -

Monday, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Jeanne Ives received several standing ovations as she addressed the City Club of Chicago.  It was a public policy forum lunch held at Maggiano’s in River North.

Ives spoke for about 25 minutes on a wide range of topics, including her television commercial which some are calling controversial.  Most of the speech outlined why Bruce Rauner has failed as governor and why he is unelectable.  The event was moderated by board member Frank Paul, with Ed Mazur doing the introductions. 

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After the address, Ives took about a dozen written questions from the audience. My question received a large ovation before she even answered it. I asked, “How can we see a debate on television between Ives & Rauner?” She answered that after the Tribune forum which was shown only online, that Rauner would never attend another debate. The link here shows the Tribune  forum last week along with a John Kass column saying, “Ives Crushes Rauner in Tribune Governor Debate.”
After lunch, Ives held a news conference in a separate room with a large contingent of Chicago and national media present. Most of the questions pertained to her "Thanks, Governor Rauner" commercial with no questions about her other ad that ran during the Super Bowl. One reporter asked if her commercial had actors or a a real transgender person in it. My understanding is the ad was made by a production team, so Ives did not have specific details.  All in all, Ives took each question from the aggressive media with direct aggressive answers. 
Governor Bruce Rauner has been invited numerous times to speak at the City Club but has never accepted. He might be the only major political figure to not speak or even attend a forum here.  The forum in the past has featured Rahm Emanuel, Paul Ryan, Joe Walsh, John McCain, Mike Ditka, Dick Durbin, Barack Obama, Mark Kirk, Rocky Wirtz, Tom Ricketts, Pat Quinn, Tammy Duckworth, Bill De Blasio, Mike Madigan, and even Donald Trump to name a few. 
Here is a full video of the Jeanne Ives address on the City Club of Chicago website.
The primary is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 with early voting starting as early as next week. 
Caption: Weyermuller with some from the Chicago Northwest Side GOP Club including Ammie Terrell-Kessem running for State Representative
Mark Weyermuller is a small business owner, real estate professional, and conservative activist in Chicago. He is a citizen journalist and regular contributor to Illinois Review. Mark can be heard weekly on the radio in a "man on the street segment" at 2:31pm as a regular guest on the Stephanie Trussell Show heard Saturday afternoons 1-3pm on the 50,000 watt WLS-890-AM. 


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  1. What a wonderful article, Mark! Your report of the City Club event in which you provided links about other noteworthy and positive Jeanne Ives events, was read with pleasure by me, since I wasn’t able to attend the City Club event.
    As I said before, if Rauner can’t stand the heat(that of debating Ives) he should get out of the kitchen (the race).

  2. Who is reporting numbers in dispute? Counting absentee and proxy, there were several thousand. Excuse me, that’s a political joke for insiders.
    Not sure of exact crowd size, maybe 225,at lunch of note was the large amount of media there afterwards. During the press conference afterwards in a separate room, perhaps 30-35 reporters and camera people.
    The chicago media loves politics.

  3. Yesterday in the “Rigged” article you bragged that YOU TOOK a poll and made a fantastic discovery about the number of lawn signs.
    I responded: “Weyermuller: “One poll I took shows
    10,000 Jeannie Ives yard signs
    while Rauner has zero yard signs.”
    I replied to your statement: “How many polls did you take??
    I did professional polling for years and
    I never observed such a bizarre
    result. Publish your research design
    and data.
    Did you “weight” one sign to be
    equivalent to 10,000?

    Today on the “Rep. Morrison” article you wrote: “I also understand Ives has 10,000 to 15,000 yard signs in 102 Illinois counties.”
    DID YOU OR DID YOU NOT TAKE (CONDUCT) A POLL? If you did, then publish your methodology and data results, not meander in and out of some vacuous verbosity to give the impression you are some illuminated expert.
    Exacly what President Trump means about “fake news.”

  4. “Poll” may be the wrong word. The fact is the Ives campaign has distributed over 10,000 signs to distribution points all over the state, and the signs are being picked up by enthusiastic supporters. They have been spotted all over Illinois. I have yet to hear reports of, or personally see any Rauner signs anywhere.

  5. Jeanne Ives Television commercial represent the values not only of Rauner but also his allies Madigan and Cullerton in the National Socialist party.
    Only one person running for Governor who is not in favor of Unborn baby killing is Jeanne Ives.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht

  6. “Poll” is the word Weyermuller used; doesn’t it matter to you that your
    political swashbuckler can’t
    understand a four letter word?
    I am not a bit interested in your anemic
    and flaccid interpretation of what HE SAID.
    Quite amusing that he needs your puny “defense” instead of manning up and
    answering a simple question about his
    inflated “analysis” sprinkled with
    wordy twaddle and claptrap.
    Your remarks are so Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!