Wealthy Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner moved a step closer Tuesday toward a potential bid for the Republican governor nomination, filing papers to form an exploratory committee and launching a 60-day listening tour of the state.
The venture capitalist and private equity specialist already has been making the rounds of the Republican county Lincoln Day dinner circuit. He often has appeared alongside prospective rivals that include state Sens.
The formation of an exploratory committee allows him to engage in campaign fundraising. In an e-mail to supporters, Rauner said that in his travels of the state, "Folks seem hungry for an outsider who can't be bribed and won't be bought in Springfield."
Rauner, who's making his first bid for elective office, said he planned on holding more than 35 events in the next two months and would court industry leaders as well as "teachers and first responders, along with leaders of our party."
Rauner has been outspoken in his opposition to public employee unions. He also is close to Chicago Mayor
Among the 20 members of Rauner’s exploratory committee announced Tuesday is Jack Roeser, a wealthy but outspoken and controversial conservative. Roeser has long sought to influence the destiny of the state’s moribund
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“I think you’ll be excited by the group of people who have signed onto my team,” Rauner said in his e-mail to supporters. “They’re a smart group of folks who share my deep concern for Illinois — and my strong optimism for our future if we can stir up