SCHAUMBURG - The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) announced its endorsement of Bruce Rauner for governor at a press conference last week, becoming the first statewide business organization to endorse in the race for governor. The IMA has donated $250,000 to Rauner's campaign.
The IMA cited the continued economic struggles the state is facing along with the hostile business climate towards job creators for their endorsement.
"Illinois is closing one day at a time with a quiet exodus of businesses leaving the state. We cannot afford a hostile business climate coupled with a tax and spend policy that crushes investment across our state. While you cannot blame the current administration for all the problems facing Illinois, it's time that Illinois has a governor who is fully committed to creating a pro-growth economic strategy. We are proud to support Bruce Rauner who is the right kind of leader to turn our economic ship around and put people back to work," said Greg Baise, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.