Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features a flashback to State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ (R-Wheaton) appearance on our show two months prior to Bruce Rauner’s November, 2014 election as IL Governor. The Ives’ show airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV).
You can also watch the Ives’ show twice daily at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm in Evanston on Cable Ch. 6, starting tonight.
When Ives appeared on Public Affairs in August, 2014, then first term State Rep. was a supporter of Bruce Rauner, as he took on then Democratic Party incumbent Pat Quinn. Now, of course,she is a no holds barred critic and opponent of the incumbent Governor Rauner in the March 20 Republican Primary.
Ives emphasizes on the show how IL needed big time economic and job growth along with reforms to deal with it’s $200 billion unfunded pensions, other debt and out of control spending.
She said if the IL Supreme Court held the pension cuts passed by the IL legislature (Senate Bill 1) unconstitutional and if State agency managers couldn’t control spending, then she would favor a 5 to 10 % across the board spending cuts.
Ives’ favored not just letting the IL income tax rate sunset to 3.75%, but taking the individual income tax rate all the way back to its prior to 2011 3% level. The IL legislature voted last July to raise that rate back to 4.95 %.
Ives also points out unions had blocked scrubbing of the Medicaid rolls, leaving many out of state individuals and other ineligible individuals receiving Medicaid, meaning that truly needy IL residents would receive less for their healthcare.
Ives also discusses how school choice-- charter schools and vouchers- would lower the State’s education costs and improve its education quality through the forces of competition and adoption of new technology.
In short, tonight’s show gives viewers an early look at the more polished and complete candidate State Rep. Ives would become as a current candidate for the Republican nomination of Governor, taking on the now four year Republican incumbent, Bruce Rauner- who she now accuses of abandoning his prior supporters on economic growth and spending reforms, tax relief and social issues.
Show host Jeff Berkowitz predicted on the 2014 show that Rep. Ives would become the first female IL Governor, but he didn’t say when.
We hope State Rep. and now IL Republican Primary gubernatorial candidate Ives and incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner will both grace the Public Affairs set before the March 20, 2018 Primary so Republican Primary voters can make a more informed choice about their choice for the Republican nominee for Governor.