CHRONICLE: More Republicans lining up behind Rauner’s primary opponent

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, Governor Bruce Rauner’s Republican primary challenger, announced more high profile endorsements, further dividing the party and making clear Republicans’ distrust and dislike of the Rauner agenda.

At a Wednesday press conference, Ives received endorsements from State Representatives Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), Peter Breen (R-Lombard), Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort), and Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee), Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, Naperville Township Commissioner Warren Dixon, and Wheatland Township Trustee Raquel Mitchell.

Ives announced she also received the support of State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Vandalia), State Representatives David McSweeney (R-Cary), Barb Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), and Tim Bivins (R-Dixon).

The Ives campaign has been gaining ground, receiving a number of endorsements from local and influential Republican Party groups.

Previously, Ives announced the endorsement of the Wheeling Republican Party. The vote was reported a landslide, with Ives receiving 90 percent of the votes. According to Ives, there were more Republican votes cast in Wheeling Township alone than in a staggering 89 of Illinois’ 102 counties during the 2014 primary season.

The Chicago Republican Party also overwhelmingly supported Ives in a straw poll. Ives beat Rauner 17-3 in that vote, conducted by the party’s Central Committee. The Freemont Township Republican Organization also endorsed Ives unanimously.

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