Jeanne Ives Defends Controversial Ad Gov. Bruce Rauner Says Is “Shameful, Ugly, Hurtful”

Jeanne Ives is defending a controversial ad that has created a firestorm in the March Republican Primary for governor of Illinois.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives defended her ad campaign while speaking at a meeting of The City Club of Chicago on Monday, February 5, 2018. She also outlined how Gov. Bruce Rauner has betrayed Republican voters.

Dan Proft, Liberty Principles PAC and Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, said, “not everybody’s tone or sensibility is the same, so people are going to take things differently. But in terms of the veracity of the statements in the ad, and the representations — the characterizations of issues and issue positions the governor has taken … that’s all factual.”

Ives said that “Rauner chose the political agenda of the LGBTQ movement over the privacy interests of moms and dads who don’t want their daughters forced to be in the same bathrooms and locker rooms as men.”

Tim Schneider, Illinois Republican Party Chair, said, “Reasonable people can disagree on policy issues, but when it goes to the point of mocking and denigrating the people of Illinois, that’s just wrong.”

Ives campaign recently disavowed and repudiated a neo-Nazi supporter who donated $1,000 to her campaign.

Hon. Jeanne Ives is a Representative in the Illinois State House serving the 42nd District, which includes all or portions of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle and Naperville. First elected in 2012, Representative Ives has demonstrated not only a willingness to lead on difficult issues and question powerful House leaders, but also an insightful understanding of policy.

In her first term, Representative Ives focused on bringing about true pension and tax reform in the state, pursuing term limits for lawmakers, government transparency, and advocating for school choice. Representative Ives has refused both a taxpayer funded pension and healthcare. Both pension and state group health insurance have greatly contributed to budget pressures and need reform.

Prior to her election to the Illinois House, Ives served on the Wheaton City Council, where her tenure was marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line.

Her legislation has been recognized throughout the state and her opinion editorials have been published in the Chicago Tribune, as well as several political news sites. Representative Ives served on the following House committees during the 99th Illinois General Assembly (2015-2017): Appropriations – Elementary & Secondary Education; Cities & Villages; Community College Access & Affordability; Labor & Commerce; Personnel & Pensions; Intermodal Infrastructure; Youth & Young Adults; Juvenile Justice & System-Involved; Substance Abuse Special; Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee; Workforce Reconciliation Subcommittee; and Business Growth & Incentives.

Representative Ives graduated in the West Point Class of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She went on to serve in the US Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College. She resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children and at the same time worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals.

Representative Ives has lived in Wheaton for 26 years with her husband, Paul, and their 5 children. She is a parent volunteer at her children’s schools and has been coaching the St. Michael Boys and Girls Championship Cross Country teams for 12 years.

Illinois First Lady Diana Mendley Rauner is a Democrat. On the campaign trail in 2014 when her husband Bruce Rauner was the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois, Diana Mendley Rauner appeared in a TV ad for her husband saying “I’m a lifelong Democrat, but enough is enough and the Democratic politicians in Springfield have got to be controlled and I know that is what my husband will do as governor.”

Hon. Jeanne Ives, Republican Candidate for Governor at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue in Chicago.

The City Club of Chicago, founded in 1903, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization intended to foster civic responsibility, promote public issues, and provide a forum for open political debate. The City Club of Chicago focuses on civic responsibility, public issues, open political debate and networking opportunities. Affiliates include prominent business, civic, and governmental leaders in Chicago. The City Club of Chicago is the longest-running public policy forum in Chicago.

Tim Schneider is the current chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners representing Cook County’s 15th district, which includes all or parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Barrington and Streamwood.

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