* From Dan Proft’s SW Illinois News…
Bryant opponent let down by Rauner but calls for broader changes
Dr. Paul Jacobs wants to know why Gov. Bruce Rauner thinks Christians should have to pay for abortions.
“They’re always hollering about the separation of church and state,” Jacobs told the Southwst Illinois News. “People are going to look at (Rauner’s stance) very seriously.” […]
Jacobs, who is running against Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) in the 115th District, hasn’t given up on Rauner, since he says the governor has rejected some spending initiatives Jacobs deemed irresponsible. […]
Rauner faces a possible primary challenge from Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who has initiated collecting nominating signatures. Jacobs said the challenge could be a good thing, since Rauner also allowed this summer’s record-breaking 32 percent income tax increase, which has angered many Illinoisans. […]
“She’s a conservative leader,” Jacobs said, noting that Ives aligns with him on many major issues. “Also, she’s not a billionaire.”
* From Dan Proft’s McHenry County Times…
Rauner vs. Ives seen as strengthening, not weakening, GOP
Dan Ugaste knows whom he will vote for in next year’s governor’s race: a Republican.
Runnng to replace retiring Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) in the 65th District, Ugaste told the Kane County Reporter that he sees a possible Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) run against Gov. Bruce Rauner as being to the betterment of the entire party. […]
“She’s shown herself to have the right principles and clearly wants what’s best for the state,” he said. “I definitely want to know more about her.”
* From Dan Proft’s DuPage Policy Journal…
Dr. Jay Kinzler says he is committed to working with whomever sits in the governor’s chair after next year’s election, but he has been impressed by Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
“I think Jeanne is a very hardworking woman,” Kinzler told the DuPage Policy Journal. “I think she has done a great job in Springfield. She doesn’t just follow the crowd. She really uses common sense to help guide her judgment.”
Ives is currently collecting nominating signatures in anticipation of a run for governor. For his part, Kinzler is running to represent District 46 in the House. The district is within DuPage County, covering Carol Stream, Glendale Heights and Villa Park.
The 46th is currently held by Democratic state Rep. Deb Conroy.
* From Dan Proft’s East Central Reporter…
Ives described as ‘champion’ who could truly lead GOP
Darren Bailey says Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is waging her war on Gov. Bruce Rauner for all the right reasons.
“Jeanne Ives has been a champion of conservative ideas,” Bailey told the SE Illinois News. “She is passionate about making our state a better place to live. She genuinely cares about the welfare of our state and its citizens, not advancing an agenda or her bank account.” […]
After supporting Rauner in 2014, Bailey, who has launched his own campaign against Rep. Dave Reis (R-Willow Hill) in the 109th District primary, now views Rauner as having gone back on his word by enacting legislation that allows anyone on Medicaid or state insurance to get an abortion at any time and for any reason.
* From Dan Proft’s Metro East Sun…
Edwardsville mayor stays course with Rauner
Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton says Gov. Bruce Rauner has been doing a good overall job of tackling Illinois’ problems.
“I do definitely support the approach the governor has taken in trying to fight bad legislation and decades of deficits and overspending in Springfield,” Patton told the Metro East Sun. “I still support Gov. Rauner and what he has done overall to stand up for conservative government in the state of Illinois and trying to avoid the overspending that we have seen continue to come out of Springfield.” […]
Patton is running against Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) in the 56th district, which covers O’Fallon, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Wood River, Alton and Godfrey.
Sen. Haine is retiring.
* From Dan Proft’s McHenry Times…
Althoff opponent looks forward to 2018 gubernatorial primary
Ret. Air Force Col. Craig Wilcox wants Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in the gubernatorial primary in March 2018.
The McHenry County Board member running to replace Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) in the 32nd District told the Lake County Gazette that Ives could be exactly what the GOP needs.
“I trust that her integrity and commitment to service are placed at the forefront of her desire to represent the overtaxed voters and over-regulated businesses of Illinois,” Wilcox said. “Her outspoken support of property tax reform, opposition to taxpayer-subsidized abortions,and outrage at the signing of the Trust Act place her at the apex of leading the conservative movement for reform.”
The headline is in error because Althoff isn’t running again. ADDING: They’ve corrected the headline to read: Senate hopeful looks forward to 2018 gubernatorial primary.