Illinois Governor-Elect makes visit to Southern Illinois

The Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner stopped by Marion on Friday to meet with voters and talk about what he plans to do when he takes office.

If you were lucky enough to find room in the Vault Cafe on the square in Marion, you were hearing Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner shout ‘thank yous’ to our region.

He made a big entrance, and big promises.

“God bless you all, thank you very much, it’s a new day in Illinois,” said Rauner.

Rauner spoke on taxation, school funding, and the issue Illinoisan’s voted for, a raise in minimum wage.

“Combine that with pro-business reforms so our families don’t get stuck only at the minimum wage, or hoping to get a job to get to the minimum wage. We want a booming economy so our small businesses are very competitive,” said Rauner.

Rauner’s ideas were greeted with enthusiasm.

Rauner supporter Joe Lyell says it was time for change in Illinois.

“And this is a change we all went for and voted for and we’re excited about it,” said Lyell.

He says for the first time in a long time, he is hopeful for his state’s future.

For the first time in 12 years, the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield will actually house the first family.

“You know what, that’s the people’s house. We should treat it with respect, we should run the government from there, and take care of that place because it belongs to all of us,” said Rauner.

Rauner says he and his wife consider it an honor to live in the Governor’s Mansion.

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