McHENRY – Speaking in front of a small group Monday, Bruce Rauner shared his vision for the state.
Rauner, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, spoke at a Nunda Township Republican Party meeting.
Rauner said he wants to restore the business climate, increase economic growth in the state, work on state government’s effectiveness, efficiency and transparency, and improve state education. He also wants term limits placed on elected officials.
He said he would challenge unions to fix the state’s financial woes.
“We have to have a reasonable negotiation on their pay levels, pensions and benefits and work rules; it’s a contract negotiation,” Rauner said.
Rauner, who ran a venture capital firm until October, said he wants to clean up corruption in state government.
“That’s what we got to take on,” Rauner said. “Springfield is controlled by special-interest groups that make money from government, that make their money from the taxpayers.”
Rauner, whose campaign announced Monday it had raised $915,000 during the second quarter and $2.2 million overall, said he is not looking to be a career elected official.
“I want to drive results for the taxpayers,” Rauner said. “I want to be so proud to go to work for you and transform our government and become a growth state again.”
Andrew Gasser asked Rauner about his stance on concealed carry and magazine limits. Rauner said he is a longtime gun owner and avid hunter.
“Illinois is way overdue to have a concealed-carry law,” he said.
But he would not go into detail about his thoughts on magazine sizes for weapons.
On education, Rauner said he wants to see vouchers, merit pay for teachers and principals, more charter schools and expanded school choice.
He said he has worked with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on some issues because he was willing to battle the teachers union and the service employees union.
Rauner said economic growth is the most important thing a governor could work on. He said he would want to change corporate taxes, individual income taxes, labor regulations and workers’ compensation structure because “they are driving companies out of the state.”
“It’s going to take some very creative hardball negotiating,” he said.