Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.
Rauner will kick off a two-day, multi-stop swing with a morning event in the Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale, followed by events in northern and western Illinois and an evening rally in Springfield, his campaign said. On Wednesday he’ll appear at five restaurants and businesses in southern Illinois, Quincy and Champaign. […]
Rauner’s campaign says he wants to take a message directly to voters that he’s working hard and is still determined to “deliver real change” for Illinois, such as term limits for lawmakers and a property tax freeze.
He also will criticize Democrats for trying to “duct tape over” Illinois’ problems - a central theme of television commercials that an arm of the Republican Governors Association began airing last month. In the ads, a plaid shirt-wearing Rauner stands in what appears to be a workroom stocked with tools and says he’s the one trying to fix Illinois.
Governor Bruce Rauner will kick of his re-election campaign Tuesday with a stop in Peoria.
The Governor will be at the Brewer’s Distributing Company, talking about his plan to balance the budget, and fix what he calls a broken political system in Illinois.
* Peoria County Republican Party…
You are invited to join Peoria area leaders at a rally to support Governor Bruce Rauner this afternoon at 4:00 pm at Brewer’s Distributing, corner of Allen Road and Townline Road. The doors will open at 3:45 pm, no earlier. Come learn about the Governor’s plans to turnaround our state.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid as Democrats line up to try to take him out in 2018.
Rauner will kick off a two-day, multi-stop swing Tuesday morning, April 11, 2017 in suburban Chicago, with a stop planned for Rock Island at 1:45 p.m. The Governor’s itinerary says he will be at Performance Food Group, 8001 51st St. W.
Wednesday’s scheduled 5:15 p.m. appearance at HL Precision Manufacturing, 2110 Round Barn Road, Champaign, is the final stop on a two-day swing around the state. […]
The media release about Rauner’s appearances echoed the theme of television commercials the governor’s campaign staff has been running on Illinois television stations since late March.
“Rather than work to finally solve Illinois’ structural problems, politicians in Springfield want to duct tape over Illinois’ challenges with more spending, higher taxes, and no real reforms,” said the notice. “Gov. Bruce Rauner will tour the state this week highlighting the need for a truly balanced budget with real reforms to fix Illinois’ broken political system, freeze property taxes, reduce the debt and grow jobs.”
Stops today include Bloomingdale, Rockford, Rock Island, Peoria and Springfield. Tomorrow’s campaign tour takes him to Quincy, East Alton, Marion, Robinson and Champaign.
*** UPDATE 1 *** From the ILGOP…
This tour is not the governor formally launching his reelection campaign. He’s traveling the state to talk about the need for a balanced budget with reforms. It is being paid with political resources out of an abundance of caution.
Aaron P. DeGroot
Illinois Republican Party
*** UPDATE 2 *** From the Rauner campaign…
This week, Bruce and the team are taking to the road, traveling all across our great state to listen to Illinois families and to talk about budget and reform.
But before we go, we need your help. Will you consider contributing to our Volunteer Fund today to directly help our grassroots team as we prep for this trip?
Chip in $5 >> Fliers for our events
Chip in $20 >> Fuel for grassroots team before hitting the road
Chip in $30 >> Pizza for our grassroots team
Chip in $50 >> Recruitment of more volunteers
Every donation counts as we work to get out the important message this week; we’re so grateful for your support!
*** UPDATE 3 *** AP…
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says his two-day trip across Illinois “has nothing to do with the election” even though it’s being paid for out of his campaign fund.
Rauner spoke Tuesday in Bloomingdale before flying to stops around Illinois.
His tour comes after several Democrats in recent weeks announced they’re running for governor in 2018.
Rauner refused to say he’s running for re-election, saying it’ll be “discussed later on.” He insists the tour as simply “communication with the people of Illinois.”