Wheatland Township GOP sees Ives as state's future
The Wheatland Township Republican Organization views state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) as the future of Illinois government.
“The Republican precinct committeemen of the Wheatland Township (WTRO) voted overwhelmingly to endorse Rep. Jeannie Ives for governor of Illinois,” Stephen Collins, president of WTRO, said in a Nov. 14 press release. “Our current governor's track record has provided no financial relief to the overburdened families and businesses in the Wheatland Township.”
Collins said Gov. Bruce Rauner’s so-called “turnaround agenda” has simply not manifested, and he praised Ives for always putting Illinois residents first.
“We have consistently witnessed Jeanne Ives standing up for the interests of families and business,” he said in the release. “Additionally, she has kept the promise that she made to her constituents, to be a ‘lobbyist for the taxpayer.’ We appreciate her integrity and commitment. We are confident that she has the policy insight and political will to take on Illinois’ deeply entrenched political establishment.”
Collins also blasted Rauner over what the group sees as his inability to live up to some of his biggest promises, such as his vow that he would have no social agenda.
"While the list of recent and egregious social-legislation is well known, we are most gravely disturbed by the breaking of the specific commitment made to prominent religious and political leaders to veto the most radical abortion bill to date in the United States,” Collins said in the release. “This not only demonstrates his sharp left turn, but more importantly his inability to keep his word.”
While Ives has yet to formally enter the race, and is still in the process of circulating petitions, she welcomed WTRO’s support.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Wheatland Township Republican Organization,” she said in the release. “This grassroots-fueled group is giving voice to a diverse coalition of people who understand that the solutions to Illinois’ numerous problems must come from outside government. Their support is tremendously important to our campaign’s fight to restore honor and principled leadership to the executive office and accountability to state government.”