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|name=Bruce Rauner
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|party=Republican
|spouse=Elizabeth Konker Wessel (divorced)<br>Dana Mendley
|religion=Episcopalian
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{{Officeholder/governor
|number=42nd
|state=Illinois
|terms=January 12, 2015-present
|lieutenant=Evelyn Sanguinetti
|preceded=[[Pat Quinn]]
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'''Bruce Vincent Rauner''' (born February 18, 1957) is a businessman, philanthropist, and the 42nd governor of Illinois. He was elected in the 2014 elections, defeating liberal Democratic incumbent [[Pat Quinn]].<ref>Pearson, Rick (November 5, 2014). [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-pat-quinn-illinois-governor-race-20141105-story.html Quinn Concedes Defeat to Rauner in Illinois Governor's Race]. ''Chicago Tribune''. Retrieved September 22, 2016.</ref> Rauner won every single county in Illinois except the ultraliberal Cook County.
==Early life==
He was born in Chicago to Ann and Vincent Rauner on February 18, 1957. He grew up in Deerfield, Il.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/news/ct-dfr-rauner-visits-school-tl-20150413-story.html Gov. Rauner visits Deerfield science labs]</ref>
 
==2014 election==
During his run for governor in 2014, Rauner made promises to his future constituents to "fight business as usual".<ref name="NR">[https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2017-12-17-1950/bruce-rauner-illinois-worst-republican-governor-america The Worst Republican Governor in America], [[National Review]]</ref>
 
He promised to lower taxes,<ref>[https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/What-Does-Governor-Rauner-Promise-for-Illinois-281630641.html ]</ref> veto abortion legislation,<ref name="NR" /> and increased spending.<ref>[http://abc7chicago.com/politics/rauner-education-plan-calls-for-more-spending/300120/ Rauner education plan calls for more spending]</ref>
 
==Tenure as Illinois governor and political positions==
[[File:Illinois Governor Election Results by County, 2014.svg.png|thumb|200px|2014 gubernatorial election results. If it wasn't for Cook County, Rauner would have won in a landslide.<ref>{{cite web | last1=Newman | first1=James | title=Quinn/Rauner a Squeaker? Durbin/Oberweis a Cakewalk? Think Again | url=http://www.niutoday.info/2014/11/05/think-quinnrauner-was-a-squeaker-and-durbinoberweis-was-a-cakewalk-heres-why-youd-be-wrong/ | date=November 5, 2014 | publisher=''[[Northern Illinois University|NIU]] Today'' | accessdate=July 26, 2016}}</ref>]]
 
===Labor unions and economic issues===
Rauner is conservative on fiscal issues. His stance on [[labor union]]s has received considerable attention and controversy. Rauner believes that local governments should be allowed to pass [[right to work]] laws.<ref name=Perez>Pérez-Peña, Richard (February 4, 2015). [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/us/politics/bruce-rauner-governor-of-illinois-takes-aim-at-labor.html?_r=0 "Governor of Illinois Takes Aim at Labor"]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved February 9, 2015.</ref><ref>Rebik, Dana (February 8, 2015). [http://wgntv.com/2015/02/08/gov-bruce-rauner-pushes-for-illinois-right-to-work-zones/ "Gov. Bruce Rauner Pushes for Illinois ‘Right-to-Work’ Zones"]. ''WGNtv.com''. Retrieved February 9, 2015.</ref> Additionally, Rauner believes that the state should ban some political contributions by public unions, saying that "government unions should not be allowed to influence the public officials they are lobbying, and sitting across the bargaining table from, through campaign donations and expenditures."<ref name=Perez/>
 
For about one year, Rauner refused to sign any of the Democratic budget bills, which would have created enormous budget deficits and sink the state into even more debt than before. However, on June 30, 2016, just before the beginning of the next fiscal year, Rauner compromised by signing a temporary bipartisan stopgap budget that would allow public schools to continue operating for an additional year and for necessary state services to continue for 6 months, even though it too will increase the deficit.<ref>{{cite web | last1=Garcia | first1=Monique | last2=Geiger | first2=Kim | first3=Hal | last3=Dardick | title=Rauner Signs Stopgap Budget, School Funding Bill — But Relief From Stalemate Proves Temporary | url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-budget-impasse-madigan-rauner-met-0701-20160630-story.html | date=June 30, 2016 | publisher=''[[Chicago Tribune]]'' | accessdate=July 24, 2016}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | last1=Finke | first1=Doug | title=Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Stopgap State Spending Plan | url=http://www.pjstar.com/news/20160630/gov-bruce-rauner-signs-stopgap-state-spending-plan | date=June 30, 2016 | publisher=''[[Peoria Journal-Star]]'' | accessdate=July 24, 2016}}</ref>
 
===Budget and spending===
Illinois went over two years without a budget because Rauner opposed the spending and tax increases opposed by the Democrats. In July 2017, Rauner vetoed a budget that would increase taxes by $5 billion, including a 32% increase in the state income tax along with an increase in the corporate tax. However, the Illinois Senate and House, [[RINO|with the help of several Republicans]], overrode his veto.<ref>Garcia, Monique; Pearson, Rick; Geiger, Kim (July 7, 2017). [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-madigan-rauner-illinois-house-tax-increase-override-met-0707-20170706-story.html Illinois House overrides Rauner vetoes of income tax increase, budget]. ''Chicago Tribune''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.</ref><ref>Huston, Warner Todd (July 6, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/06/bankrupt-illinois-slams-citizens-32-income-tax-hike-come/ Bankrupt Illinois Slams Citizens with 32% Income Tax Hike, More to Come]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.</ref><ref>Korecki, Natasha (July 6, 2017). [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/06/republicans-override-illinois-governor-240276 Illinois Republicans help override Rauner's veto, sealing budget deal]. ''Politico''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.</ref>
 
===Abortion===
Despite his fiscal conservatism, Rauner supports more liberal social policies. The Rauner family have donated "thousands of dollars" to [[Planned Parenthood]],<ref name="VetoPledge"/> and prior to his 2014 campaign, the Rauner Family Foundation donated $510,000 to the [[American Civil Liberties Union]]'s Roger Baldwin Foundation.<ref name="Sfondeles2017"/>
 
On July 29, 2016, Rauner signed SB 1564 into law, which requires doctors and pregnancy centers that refuse to perform abortions for religious or moral reasons to refer patients to places where they can have an abortion instead.<ref name="Forcing">{{cite web | last1=Richardson | first1=Bradford | title=Illinois Governor Signs Bill Forcing Pro-Life Doctors to Promote Abortion | url=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/2/bruce-rauner-illinois-governor-signs-bill-forcing-/ | date=August 2, 2016 | publisher=''[[The Washington Times]]'' | accessdate=August 6, 2016}}</ref><ref name="SurprisesGOP">{{cite web | last1=Moreno | first1=Ivan | title=Rauner Surprises GOP With Action on Birth Control, Abortions | url=http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/rauner-surprises-gop-stance-birth-control-abortions-41127932 | date=August 4, 2016 | publisher=''[[ABC News]]'' | accessdate=August 6, 2016}}</ref> The bill was passed on partisan lines, without a single Republican legislator voting for the bill, and Rauner's decision to sign the bill into law angered conservative groups.<ref name="SurprisesGOP"/> The same day, Rauner also signed a bill that "extends insurance coverage for nearly all contraceptives."<ref name="SurprisesGOP"/> On August 5, Rauner was sued by a [[Rockford, Illinois]]-based medical center and a [[Downers Grove, Illinois|Downers Grove]] physician, arguing that SB 1564 is unconstitutional.<ref>{{cite web | last1=Poulisse | first1=Adam | title=Rockford Nonprofit Pregnancy Center Sues Gov. Bruce Rauner Over Abortion Law | url=http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160805/rockford-nonprofit-pregnancy-center-sues-gov-bruce-rauner-over-abortion-law | date=August 5, 2016 | publisher=''rrstar.com'' | accessdate=August 6, 2016}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | last1=Sfondeles | first1=Tina | title=Anti-Abortion Centers, Doctor Sue Rauner Over 'Conscience' Law | url=http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/anti-abortion-centers-doctor-sue-rauner-over-conscience-law/ | date=August 5, 2016 | publisher=''[[Chicago Sun-Times]]'' | accessdate=August 6, 2016}}</ref> On December 20, 2016, a Winnebago County Circuit Judge issued a preliminary injection, which temporarily prohibited the State of Illinois from enforcing the law after it going into effect on January 1, 2017.<ref>{{cite web | last1=Schencker | first1=Lisa | title=Pregnancy Centers Win Early Victory Against Illinois Abortion Info Law | url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-illinois-abortion-lawsuit-1222-biz-20161221-story.html | date=December 21, 2016 | publisher=''Chicago Tribune'' | accessdate=December 23, 2016}}</ref>
 
Despite pledging in April 2017 to veto the bill,<ref name="VetoPledge">{{cite web | last1=Pearson | first1=Rick | title=Rauner's Abortion Bill Veto Pledge Puts Issue at Early Forefront of Governor's Race | url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-abortion-issue-illinois-governor-race-0420-20170419-story.html | date=April 20, 2017 | publisher=''[[Chicago Tribune]]'' | accessdate=May 2, 2017}}</ref><ref name="Sfondeles2017">{{cite web | last1=Sfondeles | first1=Tina | title=Gov. Rauner Plans to Veto Abortion-Protection, ‘Trigger’ Bill | url=http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/gov-rauner-plans-to-veto-abortion-protection-trigger-bill/ | date=April 14, 2017 | publisher=''[[Chicago Sun-Times]]'' | accessdate=May 2, 2017}}</ref> On September 28, 2017, Rauner broke his promise and signed the bill into law – which removed restrictions on and expanded taxpayer-funded abortions for those covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance and which removed the clause that would have illegalized abortions if ''[[Roe v. Wade]]'' were overturned, something which earned him harsh criticism from conservative Republicans.<ref>{{cite web | last1=Geiger | first1=Kim | last2=Pearson | first2=Rick | title=Rauner Signs Controversial Abortion Bill, Angering Conservatives | url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-abortion-hb40-met-0929-20170928-story.html | date=September 29, 2017 | publisher=''[[Chicago Tribune]]'' | accessdate=September 29, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | last1=Korecki | first1=Natasha | title=Illinois Governor Signs Bill Expanding Public Funding for Abortion | url=http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/28/bruce-rauner-abortion-public-funding-243270 | date=September 28, 2017 | publisher=[[Politico]] | accessdate=September 29, 2017}}</ref><ref>Richardson, Bradford (September 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/gov-bruce-rauner-signs-bill-permitting-taxpayer-fu/ Illinois governor signs bill funding abortions with taxpayer dollars]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved September 29, 2017.</ref><ref>Berry, Susan (September 30, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/30/gop-gov-rauner-breaks-promise-forces-taxpayers-fund-elective-abortions/ GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Breaks Promise, Forces Taxpayers to Fund Elective Abortions]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 30, 2017.</ref><ref>Korecki, Natasha (October 2, 2017). [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/illinois-republicans-rauner-governor-243385 Republicans rage at Rauner]. ''Politico''. Retrieved October 3, 2017.</ref><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/04/illinois-gop-gov-rauner-faces-conservative-backlash-for-signing-abortion-law.html Illinois GOP Gov. Rauner faces conservative fury for expanding taxpayer-funded abortions]. ''Fox News''. October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.</ref>
 
===Illegal immigration===
In August 2017, Rauner signed a bill into law preventing local police authorities from arresting illegal aliens due to their immigration status.<ref>Bernal, Rafael (August 28, 2017). [http://thehill.com/latino/348283-illinois-governor-signs-immigration-automatic-voter-registration-measures Illinois governor signs immigration, automatic voter registration measures]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 28, 2017.</ref><ref>Singman, Brooke (August 28, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/28/gop-gov-rauner-accused-making-illinois-sanctuary-state-with-new-law.html GOP Gov. Rauner accused of making Illinois a 'sanctuary state' with new law]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved August 28, 2017.</ref><ref>Binder, John (August 28, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/28/illinois-republican-governor-signs-sanctuary-state-law/ Illinois Republican Governor Signs Sanctuary State Law]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 28, 2017.</ref>
 
===Donald Trump===
Although Rauner was not up for re-election in 2016, his allies, who did not support [[Donald Trump]]'s presidential candidacy along with him, lost their respective elections.<ref>Kelly, William J. (November 9, 2016). [http://www.chicagonow.com/kelly-truth-squad/2016/11/despite-trump-surge-gov-bruce-rauner-blows-it/ Despite Trump surge, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner blows it]. ''Chicagonow.com''. Retrieved December 4, 2016.</ref>
 
==2018 election==
Due to his support for left-wing bills on abortion and illegal immigration – which he signed into law – Rauner was challenged in the GOP primary by conservative State Representative [[Jeanne Ives]].<ref>Pollak, Joel B. (January 23, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/01/23/jeanne-ives-takes-republican-incumbent-illinois-governors-race/ Conservative Jeanne Ives Takes on Republican Incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner in Illinois]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved January 23, 2018.</ref><ref>[http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/02/il_governor_rauners_conservative_challenger_making_waves.html IL Governor Rauner's conservative challenger making waves]</ref> Rauner narrowly defeated Ives 51%–48%, illustrating conservative dissatisfaction to Rauner's left-wing social policies.<ref>Multiple references:
*Pollak, Joel B. (March 20, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/20/jeanne-ives-bruce-rauner-illinois-primary/ Jeanne Ives Concedes Stunningly Close Illinois Primary Race to Bruce Rauner]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
*Finke, Doug (March 20, 2018). [http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180320/gov-rauner-ekes-out-victory-over-jeanne-ives Gov. Rauner ekes out victory over Jeanne Ives]. ''The State Journal-Register''. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
*Wilson, Reid (March 20, 2018). [http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/379440-illinois-governor-narrowly-survives-tight-primary Illinois governor narrowly survives tight primary]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
See also:
*Freddoso, David (March 21, 2018). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/illinois-republicans-almost-got-it-right Illinois Republicans almost got it right]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved March 21, 2018.</ref>
 
==References==
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==External links==
* [http://ballotpedia.org/Bruce_Rauner Ballotpedia Profile]
 
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