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*** UPDATED x1 *** Business owner, Trump supporter Gary Rabine says he will run for governor

Monday, Feb 8, 2021

* Shaw Media

Bull Valley resident Gary Rabine, CEO and founder of Schaumburg-based paving, roofing and snow removal company Rabine Group, said Sunday he intends to run for governor in 2022 as a Republican. […]

“Gary Rabine would be a great governor for Illinois,” McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said. “I believe he can win the primary and ultimately be the next governor.”

McHenry Township Trustee Steve Verr suggested Rabine would be a better governor than fellow Republican Bruce Rauner. […]

“He’s hardly a career politician. Just a brave fellow who can see several steps ahead and the downward spiral of the state under terrible hacks like Rauner and (Gov. J.B.) Pritzker,” he added.

* Rabine is such a country club Republican that he actually owns part of a country club

McHenry County businessman Gary Rabine is considering running for the Republican nomination for Governor.

He says he will make an announcement by mid-February. […]

In this past year’s 14th congressional district primary election, he endorsed Catalina Lauf, explaining at a Trump rally he hosted at the Bull Valley Country Club (in which he has an ownership interest) that he was a good friend of winner Jim Oberweis, but that Catalina had asked him first.

Republican National Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts was one of the speakers at the event.

Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke was the headliner at that event.

* Like Rauner, Rabine was an early supporter of Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA. Unlike Rauner, he continues to be a big backer. From last June

Donations to the conservative student activist group Turning Point USA have more than doubled, leading it to expand its footprint to some 2,000 colleges, universities, and high schools, and deploy thousands of supporters to challenge the wave of young liberal protests tearing down statues and calling the United States systemically racist.

In new tax documents, the Indiana-based group and its affiliates, one of which hosted President Trump in the packed Phoenix Dream City Church yesterday, showed contributions jumped from $10 million in 2018 to $24 million in 2019, and gross receipts at over $30 million. […]

Fundraising support was offered by Friess, who set up “challenge” grants, and conservative philanthropists Bill and Rebecca Dunn and the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation. Others include Tom Sodeika, president of Precision Payroll of America, Rabine Group Founder Gary Rabine, and Doug DeGroote.

* Last October

Recently, Rabine has become the leader of an informal political organization called Save Illinois, which organizes to replace Illinois politicians who they feel are bad for the economic well-being of residents, Rabine said. The group has hosted a number of rallies in support of Trump and other local candidates that they think will “save Illinois from the fiscal depths that we’re up against,” he said.

The Facebook page appears to be here.

*** UPDATE *** “I believe you shoot to stop bad people, and this has not been the case in Chicago,” Rabine told Jeff Berkowitz last month.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

40 Comments
  1. - Hmm - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:34 pm:

    I bet Pritzker and his team are shaking in their boots at this announcement (sarcasm heavily intended)


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    Rabine sounds like a guy about “purity”, who supports racist thinkers like Oberweis, conspiracy theorists like Lauf, and those who incite insurrectionists like the Trump family.

    Interesting *who* should support Rabine…


  3. - Fav Human - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    better than Rauner

    And that is such a high bar to jump over, too…..


  4. - Frank talks - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:40 pm:

    Another rich businessman….so excited never seen that before.
    Maybe he’ll take his private sector business sense and translate it into government and bring back some common sense…..sn/


  5. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:45 pm:

    “Rabine Group Founder Gary Rabine”

    Hopefully this candidate has or can get money to really challenge in the GOP primary, being a Trump supporter. May have to stock up on popcorn.


  6. - Numbers Guy - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:46 pm:

    He will get 22-26% of the vote in the primary. Current name ID runs in the 6% column. It’s bad but remember then candidate Bruce Rauner obtained 2% in NAME ID. The gubernatorial race for 2022 is SAFE DEMOCRAT. Won’t be a cakewalk but Mr Pritzker will win again.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:46 pm:

    Here…

    … and Rabine types wonder why Krishnamoorthi, Underwood, Casten, Schneider, and Foster are sitting in Congress and Ives, Lauf, and Oberweis aren’t.

    Rabine tells you why… right here.


  8. - Friendly Bob Adams - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:51 pm:

    Turning Point and Charlie Kirk were big supporters of the assault on the US Capitol in January. I don’t see those kind of guys getting lots of votes in Illinois.


  9. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:52 pm:

    David Clarke and Trump? Oh man where do I sign up /sn

    Also, I suspect based on what I am reading that this dude would enjoy being governor about as much as a dental cleaning.


  10. - Almost the weekend - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:52 pm:

    I can’t wait for the flannels, and vests at every Lincoln dinner in Southern Illinois come summertime. At least 50% of these people will think it’s Bruce Rauner again.


  11. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:55 pm:

    Rabine: Because Jeanne Ives is too liberal.


  12. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 1:58 pm:

    Rich White business guy no governmental experience. Checks all the boxes on the Republican diversity charts


  13. - Shaman Bill - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:01 pm:

    Any word on wher Q approves this?


  14. - Masker - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:03 pm:

    Rich White business guy no governmental experience. Checks all the boxes on the Republican diversity charts

    Isn’t that our current governor?


  15. - Rich Hill - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:08 pm:

    Ah yes, that career politician Bruce Rauner. Lots of experience in elected office before his election, and it worked out so well for Illinois. Having a more racist version of the same will be sure to solve the state’s problems.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:09 pm:

    === It’s bad but remember then candidate Bruce Rauner obtained 2% in NAME ID.===

    All “Pre-Trump”… not baking in Trumpkin thinkings, it’s a mistake.

    Also, unlike Quinn for Rauner, Pritzker already proved he’d spend $300,000 a day, every single day, for 430+ days.

    That’s a huge mountain to think about, even from a wealthy person’s perspective.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:12 pm:

    === Isn’t that our current governor?===

    Needed the current governor to save Illinois from Rauner.

    Like I typed above, it cost Pritzker $300K a day, every day, for 430+ days to save Illinois.

    The rest… Pritzker owns, as all governors own.


  18. - JS Mill - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:23 pm:

    =Rabine: Because Jeanne Ives is too liberal.=

    hehe, that made me smile.

    =“I believe you shoot to stop bad people, and this has not been the case in Chicago,”=

    So he would have shot all of the insurrectionist traitors that attacked the Capital?

    Bold statement for a Trump loving GOP guy.


  19. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:26 pm:

    How many politically active folks named “Gary Rabine” do we have in this state? Is he the same dude with past donations to Chicago Dems like Rahm Emanuel and Ed Burke? lol


  20. - don the legend - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:26 pm:

    We knew what the governorship was, but it took JB to establish the price. (Hat tip to OW for the math:))


  21. - NIU Grad - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:26 pm:

    Someone might want to check into where he was on Jan. 6th…just to be safe.


  22. - don the legend - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:38 pm:

    Rabine better book Marjorie Taylor Greene now. I’m sure her dance card is filling up fast.


  23. - Not the Dude - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:46 pm:

    JS Mill is spot on.


  24. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:48 pm:

    “Maybe he’ll take his private sector business sense and translate it into government and bring back some common sense….”

    At least he has some real business experience. Unlike Rauner (investor / vulture capitalist) & Trump (real estate developer), neither of whom were what Adam Smith would call a businessperson. Can we agree a not everyone from the private sector is a “businessperson” ??


  25. - Jocko - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:49 pm:

    ==[S]ave Illinois from the fiscal depths that we’re up against==

    The same way Jack Kevorkian ’saved’ people from needless suffering.


  26. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:50 pm:

    “Better for Illinois than Bruce Rauner”…is one priceless campaign slogan.


  27. - Moderate Republican - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:54 pm:

    The reaction all sane moderate Republicans who want to actually rebuild the party are having to this news.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc


  28. - X suburban mayor - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 2:56 pm:

    Candidates who support Trump will not get independent voters and many moderate Republican voters. Trump has setback the party for decades


  29. - MickJ - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:10 pm:

    Checks the loony box.

    GOPQ with another winner.


  30. - Shark Sandwich - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:22 pm:

    His name is an anagram for “binary rage”.


  31. - Turner - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:22 pm:

    I think this means that Jeanne Ives will not be running for governor. Unless of course she wants to split the QAnon vote in the primary and elect a sane Republican.


  32. - Langhorne - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:23 pm:

    Makes me want to spit up. Another wealthy, steely eyed, determined rich guy who has the will to save Illinois, if only we would believe as he does. Being a governor, And actually getting things done, has only minor similarity to being an executive of a privately owned company. Governing is more like trying to get a dog sled moving in the right direction, when the dogs are arranged in a circle.


  33. - Friendly Bob Adams - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:40 pm:

    So…. the answer is to shoot more people in Chicago? So says the rich guy from a McHenry County golf course???


  34. - The Way I See It - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 3:45 pm:

    Langhorne - I have never heard that explanation and it actually made me laugh. It is also why being CEO does not translate well to being gov or President.


  35. - West Side the Best Side - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 4:10 pm:

    It would be asking too much for him to even consider the justifiable use of deadly force before he suggests shooting people. What a maroon.


  36. - Dee Lay - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    Ahh Bull Valley.

    The Florida of McHenry County.


  37. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 4:15 pm:

    **he was a good friend of winner Jim Oberweis, but that Catalina had asked him first.**

    This is leadership, my friends. It is not the leadership we need, but it is the leadership we all deserve.


  38. - Huh? - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 4:20 pm:

    I am fed up with business people who think they can run state government like a business. It is short sighted and lacks understanding of what government means.

    This guy knows his way around a parking lot. What makes him think he is qualified to be governor? He is wealthy and has a “R” after his name.

    Golly jeepers. Where do I sign his petition.

    Not.


  39. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 5:51 pm:

    To the Update

    Wowsa.

    Do these folks not carry business insurance?


  40. - thunderspirit - Monday, Feb 8, 21 @ 10:19 pm:

    == Ahh Bull Valley.

    The Florida of McHenry County. ==

    True statement. I do not miss living in that area.


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