American Thinker: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner may be one of the most unpopular governors within his own party in the country. This isn’t surprising. Named the nation’s “Worst Republican Governor” by the National Review, Rauner has betrayed his conservative base more times than can be counted.
“I crisscrossed our state, looked people in the eye, and promised to fight business as usual.” This boast came about a month after Cardinal Blase Cupich accused him of breaking his word and the Chicago Sun-Times put his picture on its front page, below a headline that shouted: “Benedict Rauner.” The governor’s offense was to have signed what may be America’s most radical abortion-funding law after vowing to veto it. The betrayal capped a season of defeats for conservatives, including an income-tax hike, a big bailout of Chicago’s public schools, and turning Illinois into what critics of illegal immigration are calling a “sanctuary state.”
The state went without a budget for two years as Democrats successfully painted his reform program as “radical.” Eventually, Rauner gave in on the budget, on a school funding formula that was a giveaway to Chicago schools, and massive income tax hike. read more