• Bruce Rauner is a billionaire hedge fund mogul who is trying to buy the Illinois Republican Party—and the Illinois governorship. Rauner has already contributed more than $2 million of his own money to his campaign for governor—and he’s raised millions more other wealthy venture capitalists. With all that money, Rauner has saturated the air waves.
  • Rauner’s goal is to drive down wages and benefits for working families. Rauner earns about $25,000 per hour, but he rants that public employees are paid too much and he wants to cuts the minimum wage for Illinois’ lowest paid workers. While states around the country are acting to raise the minimum wage and help lift workers out of poverty, Rauner wants to cut Illinois’ minimum wage by $1/hour.
  • Rauner says: “I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum.” (From $8.25 to $7.25).
  • Rauner says: public employees have “stunningly generous pension benefits” that allow them to retire “with higher pay for the rest of their lives than they got while they were working.”
  • Rauner opposed the recent pension cuts made by the General Assembly because they didn’t go far enough in wiping out public employee pensions. He wants to freeze all employee pensions where they are today—and then switch all employees to 401(k) plans only.
  • Rauner hypes charter schools and attacks public schools. But when it came to a school for his own daughter, he used his clout to get her into one of Chicago’s top public schools. Rauner made a personal call to the schools’ chief when his daughter didn’t make the cut-and suddenly she was accepted. Subsequently, Rauner gave $250,000 to a special fund for that school.
  • Rauner has billions, yet he cheated on his Illinois property taxes—claiming the homestead exemption that is only allowed on one home on three different homes. He claimed it was only an “oversight”. How can a guy who can’t keep track of his own property taxes manage the revenues of the entire state of Illinois? Or put another way, how could he manage the state’s money honestly without the sneaky tricks he employs to make his own money?
  • Rauner says: “I will take on…AFSCME.” He wants to be governor for one overriding reason—to destroy unions in the state of Illinois. His campaign ads relentlessly attack “government union bosses” but, of course, his target isn’t just a couple of labor leaders, its union members themselves.
  • Rauner says: laws protecting union rights are “hurtful to employers.” He wants to move Illinois in the same direction as Wisconsin which is eliminated collective bargaining rights for public employees.
  • Rauner says: … “By their very nature” public employee unions are “pay-to-play” politics at its worst” and represent a “fundamental conflict of interest with the people of Illinois.”
  • Rauner says: His goal is “taking Illinois back from the unions.”
  • Illinois has never seen a more deceptive or dangerous campaign. Rauner’s media campaign is a classic example of the “big lie”. He repeatedly uses the term “corrupt” union bosses without offering a shred of evidence for “corruption”—except the mere fact that unions are involved in politics.
  • Rauner says….”government unions are bribing the politicians with taxpayer money” and that as a result politicians have “offered” employees “more lucrative pensions, higher and higher pay, free healthcare” that “nobody” in Illinois gets in the private sector The “bribes” he’s taking about are nothing more than the political contributions that unions make. He’s claiming that all public employees’ income is “taxpayer money” and so public employee should not be allowed to participate in the political process.
  • In Rauner’s book, it’s fine for him to give his own campaign more than $2 million and for quite a few of his wealthy friends to each give him $250,000, but unions should be prevented from making political contributions to politicians who support working families.
  • Rauner never mentions that generally speaking big corporations outspend unions 11-1 in political campaigns—and that he has likely already outspent all Illinois labor unions combined in this election cycle.
  • Rauner’s a political insider—and the one who’s really making dirty deals. Rauner had the now jailed political operative. Stu Levine on his payroll for $250,000/month while Levine was serving on the pension investment board that just coincidentally voted to hire Rauner’s firm (GTRC) to manage its investments.
  • Rauner gave the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania $300,000—and subsequently his firm was also chosen to manage pension fund investments in Pennsylvania.
  • Rauner made his own money the dirty was too. Back in 2000, GTRC saw a killing to be made in nursing homes—and kill it did. Rauner’s firm used a vehicle called Trans Healthcare to acquire more than 200 nursing homes, acting quickly to reduce staff and cut other operational costs. The result: shameful, even deadly, conditions for nursing home residents. A jury in Polk County, Florida, returned a $1.1 billion verdict last month in a case involving what was described as “corporate corruption” and “misconduct” that ultimately led to the death of a nursing home resident.