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Governor Rauner announces re-election bid

Governor Rauner announces re-election bid”

Governor Bruce Rauner has made his long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election.

Sources said Rauner will release a video and take to Chicago morning television to declare his intent, though his campaign already has spent heavily on two TV ads with the tag line "Illinois is worth fighting for".

In the video that features Rauner riding his Harley Davidson, he touts his efforts to fight what he calls The Madigan Machine. It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief. "We can throw in the towel, walk away and leave our future to the same corrupt, career politicians, or we can fight", Rauner says in the video.

More recently, the governor lost some of his republican base, after signing a series of controversial bills, including one that expands taxpayer subsides for abortions done through Medicaid.

So far, no Republicans have come forward to challenge Rauner in the March Primary.

Rauner's formal announcement also comes as lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday to consider his vetoes of legislation they passed earlier this year.

The 2018 governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in USA history.



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