Ives says primary win over Rauner would mark start of tax revolt in Springfield
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) thinks Illinois’ course for the next 20 years may be set in just a matter of hours on March 20.
“This election sets the path for that,” Ives told the DuPage Policy Journal of her Republican primary run against Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We need to get someone in Springfield to start the tax revolt; and if we don’t, we will never solve all our fiscal problems, and people and businesses will continue to leave the state in mass.”
Ives said there are also all kinds of other reasons GOP voters should be pulling the lever for her over Rauner, namely that he has made himself virtually unelectable in the general election due to such a failed first term.
“Republican voters need to know that Rauner can’t win in the general election and that I am their only option,” she said. “He is completely untrustworthy. He’s lying about me and he’s lied to everyone. I’m the only real option to all the socialist Democrats that are on the ballot.”
Ives said as many as 90 percent of residents now believe Illinois is on the wrong track. Throughout her campaign she has blistered Rauner for such “failures” as signing abortion expansion bill HB 40 into law, presiding over the 32 percent income tax increase and turning Illinois into a sanctuary state.
“With a Democrat like J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy or Daniel Biss in Springfield, it’ll be just as bad,” she said. “They’re not concerned about any of the fiscal issues the state is having. With Democrats, it’s always about higher taxes and even more debt, and never addressing the structural problems that we have.”
In the final days of her campaign, Ives said she plans to make those facts known to voters as she continues to crisscross the state.
“We’ll be meeting as many people as we can in making our final argument,” she said. “We’ll be reinforcing the fact that core, conservative principles and values are what this state needs most right now.”