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Bruce Rauner



    Bruce Rauner
    Jack Higgins
    Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner took over as governor of Illinois in 2015. The Ivy league educated ultra rich businessman, who owns multiple homes and belongs to a $100K wine club, now wears Carhardt jackets and speaks in folksy tones.

    He's had the money. Now he's got the power. 

    Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain. 

    He let a tax increase lapse and then he proposed to slash social services to the tune of $2.2 billion during his first speech as governor.

    He's also takin' on union leadership and special interests in Illinois, which may put him on a collision course with another Illinois power broker in Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.