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‘Crain’s Chicago Business’ Warns Gov. Bruce Rauner Not to Underestimate Jeanne Ives Primary Challenge

Illinois incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, until Monday, had determined to ignore the primary challenge he faces in state Rep. Jeanne Ives. But after Ives trounced Rauner in a de facto debate before the Chicago Tribune editorial board, many are saying Rauner better abandon his campaign strategy and begin engaging Ives before she sneaks up and knocks him out of office.

Jeanne Ives (Facebook)

Missing from IL Gov’s ‘State of the State’: Pensions, Deficit, Debt

Newly-inaugurated Illinois governor Bruce Rauner is the state’s first Republican governor in 12 years. In a state suffering the worst fiscal crisis of any in the Union, save perhaps California, the billionaire businessman is expected to restore sound principles to state management. Yet in his first “State of the State” address, Rauner failed to mention the words “pension,” “debt,” or “deficit”–and focused on other issues, including labor union reform and a proposed minimum wage hike to $10.

Bruce Rauner (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)