CRYSTAL LAKE – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn announced Monday that he is backing Rep. Jeanne Ives over Gov. Bruce Rauner as the 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate.
“Rauner has failed as a leader, both as governor and head of the Illinois Republican Party,” Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, said in a news release.
Ives, of Wheaton, selected former state Rep. Rich Morthland as a lieutenant governor running mate and said there is “little trust” between Illinoisans and government in a letter to supporters.
Skillicorn cited a number of reasons for his decision to support the representative seeking to displace Rauner in the upcoming primary election.
The list of complaints included a tax hike as a result of the Illinois House committing to an override of Rauner’s budget veto, taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance, a “$16 billion backlog of bills,” two years without a budget and the signing of the Trust Act, which prohibits state and local police from arresting or detaining a person solely because of their immigration status.
“His revolving office door of staffers hired and fired could be used for wind power as often as it turns,” Skillicorn said.
He added that Rauner has divided the party, as Republicans were unable to find candidates for offices such as treasurer or comptroller.
“If he is successful in winning the primary, Illinois Republicans will be decimated come November 2018,” Skillicorn said.
Ives is one of Rauner’s fiercest opponents in his decision to provide funding for abortions. She has been in office since 2013 and was formerly a member of the Wheaton City Council, a West Point graduate and an Army officer.
Gubernatorial candidates need at least 5,000 signatures by early December.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report.