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Shake down

Published: Sunday, March 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Illinois Republicans have chosen multimillionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner as their candidate for governor. Rauner owns nine homes, including a penthouse on Central Park in New York City and ranches in Montana and Wyoming. His reported income in 2012 was $53 million. He has never held a public service office.

A vote for Rauner in November is a vote for an out-of-touch and out-of-town tycoon who pledges to shake up Springfield. Shake up Springfield is his code for turning over the public schools to out-of-state private charter companies, providing vouchers for students to attend private schools with public money, and crushing whatever worker unions still exist in the state.

Rauner said he wants to use the same pro-business approach used by Republican governors in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Pro business is his code phrase for making Illinois another right-to-work (for poverty wages) state. Right-to-work laws lower wages for both union and nonunion workers by an average of $1,500 a year. Rauner says he wants to shake up Springfield. If Rauner becomes governor, his goal will be to shake down the people of Illinois.

Rick Johnson

Wonder Lake

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