Bruce Rauner, a Republican governor candidate, asserts he would consider taxing retirement income as part of his plan to overhaul the Illinois’ tax system if he should be elected governor of Illinois this year, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Thursday. However, he is not quite sure yet.
Besides that issue, Rauner – who spoke during a debate – did not know or had not yet undecided on other topics as well. For example, Rauner couldn’t say whether he supports or doesn’t support Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan’s request to spend $100 million to try to get President Barack Obama’s library built in Chicago – something of which many are opposed due to the cost while the state is financially distraught.
When the topic turned to his running mate – Evelyn Sanguinetti - suing several government agencies in a “slip-and-fall” lawsuit in 2007, Rauner said he didn’t know the details of the case. Sanguinetti fell on a path near a Metra Station in Wheaton. She sued Wheaton, DuPage County, the DuPage County Department of Transportation, Metra, Union Pacific Railroad and the nonprofit organization that oversees the Illinois Prairie Path. Allegedly, the apparently overzealous listing of those she chose to sue was eventually simplified and limited to Wheaton only. She got $2,134.12 out of the lawsuit.
Kirk Dillard, another candidate for governor of Illinois in the GOP primary held next Tuesday, said he would not include retiree income to his income tax plan. Another candidate, Bill Brady, stated the same. Brady, however, did vote last year to curb public employee pensions.
Dan Rutherford, one of the four candidates, admitted that times have not been good for him lately with the federal lawsuit filed last month by Edmund Michalowski – who claimed sexual misconduct by Rutherford. He essentially blamed himself for bringing in people into his inner circle of political trust and confidence whom he shouldn’t have trusted. He said, “I did not make a good selection.”
The forum broadcast was presented by WTTW Channel 11 and was sponsored by the City Club of Chicago.