Another wedge came as Rauner decided to sign legislation to expand taxpayer-funded abortion for state workers and low-income women. Around the same time, the governor and Rasmussen parted ways.
It was the abortion legislation that fueled the rise of state Rep. Jeanne Ives as a primary challenger to Rauner.
And now Ives has won the backing of former Rauner donor Dick Uihlein, who’s given her $2.5 million. Uihlein also has been a major donor to the Illinois Policy Institute and the Liberty Justice Center.
Asked Thursday to comment on his relationship with Uihlein, Rauner said he “can’t say there is one.”
“We all make our choices,” he later added.