Third-party governor candidate
McCann is running under the new
McCann's campaign reported the contributions late Monday night. In addition to the petition services, the union also was listed as paying for printing campaign materials, video production and "campaign walkers."
What's on tap
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The pledge is a two-sentence document asking Rauner to declare he won't sign any legislation "that repeals, modifies or in any way diminishes HB40" if re-elected in November. It also notes "100 percent" support for the bill as the law of the state of
HB40 was a controversial measure that expanded taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee health insurance. When Rauner signed the bill last year, he faced intense criticism from conservative
At a press conference in
Despite Rauner's pro-choice stance and signature on the bill, officials questioned his commitment on the issue.
"We do not want a recalcitrant, reluctant supporter of women's reproductive healthcare that's gonna sign one bill (and) look like he's in a hostage video while he's doing it," said
Reporters at the press conference asked why Rauner had to sign the pledge if he already signed the law and questioned whether the event was simply political theater. Cosgrove said no, arguing that pro-choice pressure forced the governor to sign the bill by citing a pledge he'd previously signed.
Rauner campaign manager
"I am aware that many people are trying to play politics with this issue, and I want to make clear that I signed legislation here in the state of
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