Tag Archives: Bruce Rauner

ILLINOIS: Dem Billionaire Wins Gubernatorial Primary, GOP Incumbent Squeaks By Right Wing Challenger

The Chicago Tribune reports: Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker will take on wealthy Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in November, a race expected to easily shatter Illinois campaign spending records and make a run at the national mark. Both candidates enter a nearly eight-month general election campaign needing to unify their respective parties following bruising primary campaigns. More than half of Democratic ...

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ILLINOIS: GOP Gov To Veto Bill To License Gun Dealers

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Despite Democratic pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and gubernatorial rivals just days before the primary election, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he plans to veto a gun measure that would have required the state to license gun dealers. In an interview with WJPF radio station in southern Illinois, Rauner said he’ll veto the measure, while ...

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ILLINOIS: Gay Panic Defense Ban Starts January 1st

USA Today reports: Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the so-called “gay panic defense” in ...

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ILLINOIS: Embattled GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Rides Harley In Clip Announcing 2018 Reelection Bid [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner made official Monday morning what had long been expected, formally announcing plans to seek a second term as the state’s chief executive despite turmoil within his own Republican Party. His campaign released a two-minute-plus video in which a Harley-Davidson riding Rauner criticizes his chief political nemesis, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. Rauner positions ...

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ILLINOIS: Governor Signs Ban On “Gay Panic” Defense

MetroWeekly reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed two bills into law that will help LGBTQ people achieve greater equality under the law. The first eliminates what is known as the “gay panic” defense in murder cases. Historically, the “gay panic” defense is when a defendant claims that the murder victim was homosexual and made a pass at them, making them ...

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ILLINOIS: GOP Governor Fires Just-Hired “Body Man” After Racist And Homophobic Tweets Are Exposed

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “body man” — a hand-picked assistant chosen to travel with him — was terminated on his first day of the job after a series of homophobic and racially insensitive comments were found on his Twitter page. The exit is one of at least 20 since last week — when Rauner began a rash ...

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RFK’s Son Unveils Bid For Illinois Governor [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois governor, officially filing paperwork with the state later Wednesday, said campaign aides to the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. “Today I am announcing my run for governor because I love Illinois,” Kennedy said in a statement. “But we have never been in worse ...

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