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McCarter endorses Republican for governor — and it’s not Rauner

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon endorsed state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, for governor, instead of incumbent Bruce Rauner.
State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon endorsed state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, for governor, instead of incumbent Bruce Rauner.

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, who has been critical of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, is backing a primary challenger in the gubernatorial race.

McCarter has endorsed state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, as the two have criticized Rauner’s decisions to sign legislation that allows state health insurance and Medicaid money to go towards abortions, sign an education funding bill that included extra money for Chicago Public Schools, and sign legislation that protects people who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status.

After Rauner’s decision to sign the abortion bill, McCarter said the governor shouldn’t even run for re-election.

Ives has been circulating petitions in order to gain the requisite amount of signatures to get on the ballot. The primary election for the November 2018 general election is scheduled for March.

“We have a real choice in Jeanne Ives. Someone who can lead Illinois in the right direction,” McCarter said. “We need someone who will stand up for us and fight for us; not just tell us he supports us, throws around a lot of money and says ‘Be my friend because I have a lot of money.’ This election is about morals not millions. It’s about telling the truth and standing up for the people of this state.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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