Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is blasting Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats over the status of a property tax bill she introduced months ago that stalled and more recently the language of the measure some of her political rivals are claiming as their own.
“The Democrats ignored it and Gov. Rauner failed to make it an executive order,” Ives told the Prairie State Wire of the initial reaction to her proposal. “It’s a failure of the governor; he should have taken action.”
Ives said she sees the Democrats sudden interest in the bill and what it would do as totally disingenuous.
“It’s just a shell, and I don’t believe they’re planning to anything with it,” Ives, who is running against Rauner in the Republican primary, said.
Ives said language in the bill she introduced was aimed at consolidating all exemptions for property taxes, consolidating accessor duties and outlining how they should be done and looking at tax increment financing (TIF) districts and their impact on property taxes.
As for her run against Rauner, Ives said her campaign has been getting a great response all across the state and people are excited about her message of more fiscal responsibility and greater government accountability.
Ives recently blasted Rauner as a traitor in a new “Ives: The Choice for Republican Voters In 2018” advertisement.
“Illinois Republicans have a choice to make in the 2018 election,” she says in the video. “They can either concede defeat by re-electing one of the most deservedly unpopular governors in the nation, or they can get the revolution they were promised in 2014.”
Ives goes on to accuse Rauner of having turned his back on the hard-working families who turned out to help elect him.
“Rauner committed to take on the ruling class, instead he became one of them,” she added in the video. “He said he would stand with you, instead he knelt before the Chicago bosses. There must be a reckoning. We have a strong governorship, we just happen to have a weak man in office right now.”