Rauner hoping to unseat Quinn in hotly contested race for governor

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Bruce Rauner has stolen virtually every newspaper endorsement that has surfaced so far. He has poured tens of millions of his own money into the race for governor. At  57, Rauner says he’s been a success at everything he’s ever done and with one week until election day, the Republican candidate bills himself as an agent for change.

But he’s short on campaign specifics. And the candidate probably likes it that way—leaving TV ads, newspaper endorsements and pre-election problems for his. Even for months, WGN has asked Bruce Rauner to sit down and discuss his past and his hopes for the future. He declined to be interviewed—over and over again.

Rauner was born and raised in Chicago but the Ivy League educated Republican returned home to make hundreds of millions of dollars as a successful private equity investor who owns numerous homes and belongs to expensive country clubs.   He makes no apology for that. He’s donated tens of millions of dollars to charities and social issues important to he and his wife Diana, the Rauners say.

On the Illinois campaign trail, Bruce Rauner says jobs and the economy are at the top of the list.

He’s a fiscal conservative with a more moderate approach to social issues. Rauner is a pro-choice Republican candidate who has no plans to repeal  gay marriage in Illinois.

And if Illinois makes Rauner its next governor—he will take no pay, receive no pension, and he’ll live in Springfield to accomplish the much needed work of this financially crippled state. The Republican candidate wants to treat the job, he suggests, like any failing business – he wants to fix it.

The governor’s race one of the most watched in the nation and certainly one of the most expensive. Rauner has collected more than $55 million dollars to run for office,  more than $20 million of that was his own money.

The election is Nov 4th.

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