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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, the Wheaton Republican who came within 3 percentage points of knocking off GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary, said she’s not surprised by poll results showing the governor with weak support from conservatives.
Ives also acknowledged she has not spoken to Rauner about the election since the primary. Asked if he had reached out to her, Ives said, “Not that I know of.”
Ives made her comments a day after a NBC News/Marist poll showed Rauner trailing Democrat J.B. Pritzker by 16 percentage points, 46 percent to 30 percent. Looking deeper into the poll, Rauner had the backing of only 55 percent of self-identified conservatives while Pritzker, who has billed his as a progressive candidacy, got 20 percent.
“I’m not surprised by the poll results. I travel the state still. I’m asked to speak around the state at various functions and I hear directly from Republican voters and so I’m not surprised by any of this,” Ives said at an unrelated downtown Chicago news conference.
Ives’ primary candidacy exploited a divide among social conservatives in the state over Rauner’s approval of legislation that expanded abortion, immigration and gay rights. The poll indicates that the divide continues despite Rauner’s efforts to push a united GOP front against Democrats.
Asked by a reporter if the meager showing for Rauner among conservatives was indicative of the conservative split, Ives said, “I think that is what the poll would indicate.” Still, Ives said she intended to stick to her commitment to “vote for the Republican nominee” on Nov. 6.
State Rep. Tom Morrison, a Palatine Republican, also appeared at the news conference and indicated his belief that lawmakers and legislative candidates should organize their campaigns independently of the governor candidates.
“Turnout is going to be the biggest factor in November for both sides and so what I’m trying to do is just get the voters awakened as to serious issues — not the peripheral stuff that you often see in silly campaign ads,” Morrison said. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak at the Ministers Back to School Breakfast with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson.
*Gov. Rauner will appear with the state fire marshal in Downstate Sumner.
*Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker will be Downstate, stopping in Hillsboro, Vandalia, Centralia and Murphysboro.
*U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
From the notebook
*That’s my office: Appearing at an Illinois Farm Bureau candidate forum in Normal on Wednesday, state Sen. Kwame Raoul recounted his first day as a lawmaker in the Capitol after being chosen to replace Barack Obama, who was then moving on to the U.S. Senate.
“I acknowledged to (Obama) it was my first time in this building, ‘Might you give me a little bit of advice as to how I tackle this job before I get started,’ because we were going to start considering matters on that very day,” said Raoul, the Democratic candidate for attorney general.
Obama, Raoul recalled, said, “‘Well you know, I’ve got to take off to D.C., but I’m going to have a luncheon in my office. Why don’t you follow me in there and I can talk to you while I’m having lunch?’ I said, ‘That’s cool and everything but, isn’t that my office now?’ ” (Rick Pearson)
*Ponies and butterflies: Gov. Rauner signed legislation that would designate May as Monarch Month in Illinois to honor the state’s official insect.
The new law also makes every March 5 the Day of the Horse “to encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois.” The bill passed 56-0 in the Senate, and only two House lawmakers voted neigh. (Mike Riopell)
What we’re writing
*Rauner, Pritzker clash at agriculture forum over Trump policies.
*AG candidates trade barbs over ties to Rauner, Madigan.
*Paul Vallas’ economic plan: Take advantage of Trump tax bill, dump Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Colleges plan.
*Chicago Public Schools board votes to bar communication between students, teachers on personal devices.
*Mayor Emanuel looks to replace Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago, who’s nearing mandatory retirement age.
*Protest organizers announce route for planned Kennedy Expressway shutdown.
*New law boosts insurance coverage for mental health, substance abuse treatment.
*Mayoral hopeful did not break state law by giving out thousands in cash, checks: hearing officer.
*Tollway board to vote on extending online payment grace period to 14 days.
What we’re reading
*Getaway driver convicted of murder in slaying of Hadiya Pendleton.
*Olive Garden offers year of never-ending pasta.
*The Southern: “Doing more with less is no longer an option — SIUC leaders give testimony to state reps at committee meeting.”
Follow the money
*Democrats avoid talking impeachment after Trump court fallout.
*Democratic National Committee says it avoided hacking.
*Lavish trips, theater tickets, ‘Hawaii shorts’: California congressman, wife charged with misusing $250K in campaign funds.
*Remains of human ancestors found.
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August 23, 2018 at 05:27AM