Morning Spin: Rauner says ‘there’s no scenario where I’d ask for a third term’

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First-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, in an intense battle for re-election against Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, says Illinois voters can be assured that he wouldn’t seek a third term.

“I’m only asking for one more term. I’m a believer in term limits. There’s no scenario where I’d ask for a third term. Absolutely none,” Rauner said Tuesday in a wide-ranging session before Crain’s Chicago Business’ editorial board.

While saying he now is looking for incremental wins after a first-term that found his pro-business agenda stalemated against a Democratic legislature, Rauner continued to push for local right-to-work laws for counties, municipalities or neighborhoods that would be free of union regulation.

Future budgets also look ugly, with city pension obligations ramping up considerably. Emanuel will be long gone by then, though, with his successor and the City Council holding the fiscal bag. (John Byrne)

*Deer lawmakers, it’s a veto: Rauner on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have launched a trial program to see what might happen to the state’s wild deer herd if Illinois lifts a 15-year-old rule that makes it illegal to feed them.

Supporters, including the makers and distributors of deer feed, say the test would show whether the wild animals could better fight off some illnesses if they are given a nutritional feed infused with supplements like proteins, vitamins and minerals.

Foes feared that establishing feeding stations would attract large gatherings of the animals, making healthy deer vulnerable to catching and spreading a variety of diseases, like chronic wasting disease.

In his veto message, Rauner wrote that the bill “needs further discussion to better define the scope and aims of such a study. It should include more flexibility for experts to exercise their judgment and further involvement by the Department of Natural Resources.” (Mike Riopell)

What we’re writing

*Harold says Raoul has turned AG race into referendum on her views on same-sex marriage, abortion.

*Fired cop with history of physical abuse pitched in on Garry McCarthy’s campaign.

*Cook County judge reassigned after allegedly insulting prosecutor, suggesting he had sex with her.

*Chicago mayor candidate Willie Wilson questions rival Toni Preckwinkle’s record on criminal justice reform.

*Top vote-getter, former convicted felon sworn in as Markham mayor after Rauner intervenes.

*Obama Foundation spent nearly $12 million on programming, $5 million on architects.

*Early voting for Illinois’ 2018 midterm election starts Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

*Cook County sees surge in voter registration ahead of midterm election.

What we’re reading

*Five takeaways from the sixth day of testimony at the Van Dyke trial.

*Archdiocese to pay $2.9 million to settle suit of man who says he was sexually abused by Rev. Daniel McCormack as a boy.

*Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison after judge declares him “sexually violent predator.”

Follow the money

*Rauner last month sent Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker $20,000. Rauner has considered Walker one of his political role models. Walker is seeking a third term against Democrat Tony Evers, the state’s superintendent of public instruction. Recent polls have shown Evers with a slight lead.

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of his achievements.

*Rosenstein’s departure was imminent, but he may survive until after the midterms, officials say.

*Dunkin’ is dropping Donuts from its name in 2019.

*GOP congressman questions whether accusation against Kavanaugh should disqualify him, even if true.

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September 26, 2018 at 06:21AM

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