By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner came to Quincy on Wednesday to introduce his new running mate and to tell how special interests have "bought" many of the state's politicians.
Republican Rauner, a wealthy Chicago-area businessman, introduced Evelyn Sanguinetti as his choice for lieutenant governor during a stop at Sprout's Inn, which just reopened after a devastating fire last year. Rauner talked briefly about her law degree and her election to the City Council in Wheaton. Then he focused on how being outsiders will make it easier for them to clean up state government.
"Springfield is controlled by special interest groups that make their money from the government. They've bought most of the Democrats in Springfield with political donations and campaign workers, and unfortunately for us, those special interest groups have bought many of the Republicans in Springfield, too," Rauner said.
Sanguinetti said her work as an assistant attorney general and her time on the Wheaton City Council make her qualified to serve as lieutenant governor. She echoed Rauner's thoughts about the need for outsiders to bring change.
"Illinois is broken, and only Bruce and I can fix it," Sanguinetti said.
"We're paying too much in taxes. We have a huge pension crisis. We have issues with transparency in our government, and we have a broken education system in many parts of Illinois. And only we could actually step in, as outsiders, and take care of that overlying problem that affects us all."
Rauner identified four things he wants to accomplish if he becomes governor: create jobs to help the economy, improve the efficiency and transparency of government, make education a priority and establish term limits.
Rauner said the state needs to get away from the habit of negotiating one on one with companies seeking incentives to locate or stay in Illinois. That issue came up this month when Archer Daniels Midland suggested it might establish a corporate headquarters somewhere other than its main facility in Decatur. The company is seeking incentives to locate in Chicago.
Rauner said he favors asking Illinois voters whether gay marriage should be adopted. He also is pro-choice.
Sanguinetti is pro-life, and she supports the traditional definition of marriage. However, she respects Rauner's belief that voters should decide the marriage issue.