HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Governor You Don’t Know: The Other Side of Bruce Rauner
Author: Chris Cleveland
Publisher: Jameson Books, 2018
Related website: http://ivesforillinois.com
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 18 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Cleveland, Chris. The Governor You Don’t Know: The Other Side of Bruce Rauner (published in 2018 by Jameson Books Inc., 722 Columbus St., P. O. Box 738, Ottawa, IL 61350). Bruce Rauner was elected Governor of Illinois in 2014, the first Republican in sixteen years. However, Rauner’s tenure has been marked by controversy, and not only with Democrats. Many Republicans in the state feel that the Governor’s rhetoric, with its promises of an “Illinois Turnaround” and “no social agenda,” simply hasn’t matched up with his actions. Therefore, in 2018 he is being challenged in the primary by three-term conservative State Representative Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. This book, authored by Chicago G.O.P. Chairman and Ives Campaign Chairman Chris Cleveland with a foreword by respected conservative State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), and released by the Ives campaign, provides Republican primary voters a factual history of the Governor’s policies and his numerous betrayals with a succinct and substantiated nine-chapter distillation of a rather leftist record that Rauner has been able to hide from some with his checkbook.
Let me add this disclaimer. I support Rep. Ives. In 2014, I did not vote for Rauner in the primary because of his checkered record. However, in the general election, given the alternative of incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn, I supported Rauner, primarily because what he said sounded good—as did both Cleveland and Morrison and many other Republicans. Unfortunately, the Governor has ended up being a major disappointment. Here are three examples. He signed a bill allowing people to change their gender on their birth certificates. While he denied that it was a “men in the women’s bathroom” bill, it provides a legal basis for a man to claim that he identifies as a woman and thus be permitted to use women’s facilities. He also signed a bill making Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants, which he claimed was not a sanctuary bill but was negotiated down from a sanctuary bill, yet it does exactly what a sanctuary bill is intended to do. Then, after promising to veto it, he signed a bill that forces taxpayers to pay for Medicaid abortions in Illinois; his wife is a big pro-abortion advocate. In addition, though Rauner did veto the big Madigan income tax increase, which was overridden with the help of some willy-nilly Republicans, earlier on he had expressed support for tax increases as part of a “grand bargain” that included pension reform, at the same time falsely accusing Ives of wanting higher taxes.
As my friend Troy Cannon noted, “Contested Primary Elections can create an awkward atmosphere, especially in local and regional races.” And even in state-wide races too. It is a shame but a fact of life that anyone challenging an incumbent almost always has to go negative to gain any traction, and this often gives extra fuel for the other party to use in the general election against the winner of the primary. Of course, Rauner has brought all this upon himself. However, I did find it interesting that the book includes the provision, “Permission is hereby granted to reproduce any part or all of this book until March 31, 2018.” That sounds as if it is saying, “If Rauner wins the primary, nothing in this book can be cited against him in the general election campaign.” At the same time, I suspect that there is little danger of this since most of the things for which the book criticizes Rauner are things which the Democrats heartily endorse and promote. So this book, which is said to have been fact-checked by veteran journalists and is a straightforward recitation of the facts on the Governor, will have little relevance after Mar. 20 of this year. If Rauner wins the primary, I will eventually have to decide if I can hold my nose and vote for him. If Ives wins, I know whom I can support without reservation.