Politics
7:01 am
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.