Rauner Officially Announces Re-Election Bid

October 23, 2017
A screen shot from Governor Bruce Rauner's re-election announcement video released Monday morning.

A screen shot from Governor Bruce Rauner's re-election announcement video released Monday morning.

Citizens for Rauner, Inc.

Governor Bruce Rauner has made his long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election.  The first term Republican issued a video Monday morning that features him riding his motorcycle through Illinois.  It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief.    

In the video, he talks about battles waged with the General Assembly, adding that that he has won some and lost some.

"Now, we have a choice," Rauner says in the video. "We can throw in the towel, walk away, and leave our future to the same corrupt career politicians. Or, we can choose to fight. I choose to fight."

Rauner's announcement has been anticipated, and most observers expected he would run again, having already donated $50 million to his campaign.   Several Democrats are seeking that party's nomination, including J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Tio Hardimann, and Bob Daiber.

Rauner could face a primary challenge after he signed a controversial abortion bill, which angered many conservatives in his party. State Representative Jeanne Ives of Wheaton has said she is considering a run.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio