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Lester: Is Illinois GOP uniting in opposition to Rauner, abortion?


Lester: Is Illinois GOP uniting in opposition to Rauner, abortion?
Chicago Daily Herald

State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says the state Republican party, criticized in recent months for its internal squabbles, is banding together in opposition to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's approval of an abortion funding measure last month."Certainly, the party's fractured, but when I talk to my colleagues, they're not supporting Rauner, not passing his petitions," Ives says. "We actually seem to be uniting against the signing of this bill."Ives might be on to something. The Illinois Republican congressional delegation released a joint statement describing Rauner's signing of the measure, which expands taxpayer funding of abortions and ensures the procedure remains legal in Illinois, as one that "let down taxpayers and the unborn."He's also angered former allies, including conservative radio host Dan Proft, who runs a political action committee that has in the past spent millions supporting candidates that have backed Rauner's agenda.

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