* From her southern Illinois tour…
Ives is a conservative, which to her means belief in fiscal restraint, limited government, freedom of speech and conscience, rule of law and personal responsibility. She is often called a social conservative, but Ives says she is running for governor as a fiscal conservative.
“It is 100 percent not true that I am all about social issues,” Ives said.
She used taxpayer funding of abortion as an example.
“Taxpayer funding of abortion is a fiscal issue. You don’t start programs when the state is practically bankrupt,” Ives said.
She is also concerned about education funding and was adamantly opposed to the education funding bill that passed.
“We now have made another promise we cannot keep,” Ives said.
* WSIL TV…
“Illinois can do a lot better with the right leadership,” said Ives. “We have a very strong governorship. We happen to have a weak man in office right now.”
Ives’ “grassroots campaign” focuses on what she calls, “Rauner’s lies”. […]
After Ives filed her paperwork Monday, Gov. Rauner called her a “fringe candidate”. She says, he’s the one on the fringe with his policies.
Ives said, “Actually, Rauner’s the fringe governor, quite frankly. He’s the one really extreme. He’s not been moderate on anything.”
Ives also stresses, she’s not a “Chicago politician.” She thinks southern Illinois’ resources provide another key to growing the state’s economy.
“Forty percent of our energy still comes from coal, that’s great,” said Ives. “I’m a proponent of it. We need to invest in our infrastructure to expand our energy resources.”
* She also had an interesting take on Gov. Rauner signing what she calls the “sanctuary state” bill into law…
That’s legislation that the governor signed and he did not have to sign that. So he imposed the agenda of Mike Madigan rather than fighting Mike Madigan.