DeKALB – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s opponent for the Republican nomination in the March primary will visit DeKalb on Friday.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton conservative elected in the 42nd District in 2012, will be at The Lincoln Inn, 240 E. Lincoln Highway, for a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. Her district includes Carol Stream, Lisle, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago and Naperville.
Ives has been outspoken about the $600,000 severance package paid to former Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker after a scathing report that Baker “mismanaged” the university. Ives pointed out four of Rauner’s appointees are members of the NIU Board of Trustees.
“NIU has been using taxpayer dollars to bail out their employees’ wrongdoing,” Ives said in a news release. “Gov. Rauner has chosen not to lead on this issue.”
Ives said she plans to begin the meet and greet with a speech, and then open things up. After the event, she’ll head to another meet and greet in Lena.
“I’m happy to address people, and I don’t hide from any issue,” she said in a phone interview between events Thursday. “That’s how you make friends.”
Ives called Rauner’s State of the State speech, given Wednesday, “Vanilla.”
“It was full of generalities and no specifics,” she said. “If I were giving the State of the State speech, I would be speaking directly to the people and listing everything that needs to be fixed in the state of Illinois. I would speak to the people, and that’s what I plan to do when I govern.”
According to her campaign website, Ives plans to institute a
1 percent hard cap on property taxes as a percentage of home value. She also plans to rescind the 32 percent income tax increase and repeal the state’s sanctuary status, which limits how much local and state law enforcement can cooperate with federal law enforcement.
Ives appeared to score a victory over Rauner in a debate before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Monday, even receiving a $500,000 campaign contribution from Lake Forest’s Richard Uihlein, CEO of Uline Inc. and one of Rauner’s biggest donors.
She said they don’t have more debates scheduled.
“He won’t debate me; he’s afraid to debate me, which makes sense,” Ives said. “He doesn’t want to talk about the issues, which is sad. Voters deserve to have debates where they can assess both candidates side by side.”