Rauner signed away his re-election
with abortion bill
By Jim Youngquist
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[January 15, 2018]
Governor Bruce Rauner sold out conservatives in this state on September
28 when he signed the controversial HB 40, which guarantees that
abortion will remain available and legal in the state of Illinois.
HB 40 does not change anything in Illinois, but
serves as a wake-up call to downstate conservatives that Rauner is
not their man.
Rauner is reported to have previously promised to veto HB 40, but
changed his mind while campaigning and promised to expand Medicaid
funding in the state, including funding for abortion. Illinois has
become a mecca for women in neighboring states to come and obtain
abortions, with the majority of women coming from Indiana, the home
state of Vice President Mike Pence.
Rauner responded by saying that he is pro-choice, and has always
been pro-choice, and has made that clear to his supporters and those
who voted him into office. Rauner was elected on the platform of
reforming Illinois politics and bringing Illinois back into fiscal
responsibility, but has not been able to move this agenda a quarter
inch during the last three years of his tenure due to intense
pressure from the democratic legislature.
The Illinois Constitution states that Illinois is mandated to have a
balanced budget but the Illinois legislature does not take that
constitutional mandate seriously and continues to present budgets
that cause Illinois to fall further into debt.
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A little over two weeks ago (on September 15th),
ironically, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that
she wonít run for re-election in 2018, a move many say is aimed at a
run at the Illinois governorship. Could the positioning and timing
of HB 40 be the product of Michael Madigan, father of Lisa Madigan
and speaker of the Illinois house as click-bait for Rauner to sink
his chances with conservatives and alienate his base? Some say that
Rauner, one of the strongest Republicans in the state, now doesnít
stand a chance in his bid for reelection because Illinois
conservatives, disgusted by his said promotion of abortion, are
The timing canít be a coincidence. Michael Madigan is known as the
king of Illinois politics, and the greatest power broker in the
state. There is some likelihood that Madigan is seeking another
jewel in his crown by deposing despised Rauner and replacing him
with his beloved daughter, Lisa Madigan, as governor of this sinking
state. What could House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Lisa
Madigan accomplish in this state? Conservatives in Illinois cringe
at the possibilities!
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