Rauner made Johnson County his last stop of a four-day leg of his Shake Up Express Bus Tour, where he has visited 38 counties throughout Southern Illinois. The bus tour will continue in the central and northern part of the state.
Rauner is challenging incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.
Congressman John Shimkus introduced Rauner stating, “Bruce has a great record of public service, by his own doing, as a volunteer.”
In his opening remarks, Rauner said, “The government in Springfield, Illinois, is not working for you, they are working for their own benefit, and we have to change that.”
The crowd of nearly 200 people laughed when Rauner told of his daughter saying she did not want him to run for governor, because “I don’t want you to go to jail.”
Rauner said jobs, growth and business is his number one priority for running for governor. He also said making government efficient, effective and transparent is high on his list.
He wants to investment
more into schools and set term limits of eight years on politicians.
In regards to his personal life, Rauner said he has been very successful in business and wants to give back to the community.
He said that if elected governor he will not take a salary nor pension, “I’d rather that money to stay with the taxpayers.”
Rauner also said he was going to move to Springfield and live in the governor’s residence.
The gathering ended with one-on-one questions from the audience.