Gov. Rauner Courts Japanese Investors

Sep 12, 2017


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in Japan to promote the state’s universities and transportation infrastructure in hopes of attracting businesses.



Speaking to IPR from Tokyo Monday night, Rauner said one Japanese company looking to grow in Illinois considers local property taxes to be a hindrance.

Rauner wants to freeze property taxes.


"They were excited to hear that because they’d like to invest and grow in Illinois, but the property taxes are a problem and they asked us for help," Rauner said.


Some Democrats frequently say freezing property taxes would squeeze the budgets of local schools or police departments.


Rauner’s 8-day trip also takes him to China - with a delegation of government and corporate officials.