Rauner, Ives square off before March GOP governor primary

Illinois Rep. Jeanne Ives is running against Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner squared off Monday with his opponent in the March 20 Republican primary, Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton.

But the first-term governor made it sound like he’s running against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan when he appeared before the Chicago Tribune editorial board Monday.

Ives repeatedly criticized Rauner for failing to tackle issues in his first three years in office.

Rauner said he’s been blocked by Madigan, who has been speaker for more than three decades. Rauner said he’s the only Republican who can beat front-runner Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and “take the power away from Madigan.”

Ives says there are ways to work around Madigan to accomplish goals. She says Republicans don’t trust Rauner because he signed a law providing for publicly funded abortions and one friendly to immigrants.

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