5 Reasons Bruce Rauner Won the GOP Primary

There are plenty of reasons Bruce Rauner won the primary election, but we identified five of the more tongue-in-cheek variety.

It's official. Bruce Rauner is the Republican Party's gubernatorial candidate in Illinois for the 2014 general election against Pat Quinn. It's going to be the fight for the little guy between the incumbent and the political newcomer.

It was a wild ride for Rauner's rise from a blip on the political radar to the man who is one more election away from "shaking up Springfield." How did it happen? Well, we have two different takes on it. First, for those of you who enjoy short, snappy lists that show some tongue-in-cheek humor, we've got the five reasons why Rauner won the primary.


For those who want a more serious, in-depth piece, Reboot Illinois Executive Editor Matt Dietrich breaks down Rauner's rise and the wild ride that awaits him over the next few months.


This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Gary March 25, 2014 at 01:40 PM
This is exactly the level of discourse you will get from union supporters in any debate about pension reform.
Stu Pidasso March 25, 2014 at 01:55 PM
lets go for 300 comments!! perhaps a Patch record? :)
ayar March 26, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Gary, Larry's right. I frequently post facts about where the money went, and it gets steadfastly ignored and essentially told gee that's too bad, I know we promised, it's those Dem's fault, etc. etc. fox news drivel. Fact is, those people paid into their retirement package, they earned it, period. Then you talk about "reform" in a sense which is let's go to a failed 401K system that a bunch of hedge fund folks want to grab hold of some Illinois dollars and gut the state out of dollars that were hard earned by the blood, sweat, and tears of Teachers, Police officers, and Firemen. No, what we need are jobs coming IN. and that problem my friend, is at the federal level, not the state. 'nuff said. Some folks just don't get it, I guess. And Larry, thank you for your service.
Ken March 26, 2014 at 01:19 PM
And to Gary's point, if these agreements were made while not having to agree to a balanced budget and keep the compensation packages directly in line with the averages of the private sector that surrounds them, let the bankruptcy proceedings begin. It is easy to talk big, when the taxpayer is your backstop. This is why charter schools and privatization works. We must keep the compensation packages financially tied to the surrounding averages so that it can never get out of line, so that these positions are truly tied to the public that they serve, rather than having false retirement ages, dirrerent wage hikes, COLAs, etc......The Libby LOVE equality, but for some reason, run FAR away from it here.


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