Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu June 6, 2013
Rauner joins Republican Governors race
A wealthy Chicago area businessman is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bruce Rauner used the internet to make his announcement. IPR’s Sean Crawford reports:
Rauner's video is both a good way to deliver a message and avoid reporter's questions.
The millionaire venture capitalist who co-founded a private equity firm has been rumored to be a candidate for months. He's been traveling the state on what he called "listening tours."
In announcing his bid, Rauner says the state has a bad business climate and says government is run by special interests.
Rauner is a political newcomer, but he has long been a major player in the state's business community. Still, he promotes himself as an outsider...
"I could ride a horse at 6, milk a cow at 8, fire a rifle at 10. I started out flipping burgers and parking cars. I helped build a start-up company into a successful business."
It could be a crowded primary. Republican State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is running and others, including state senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are considering it.