Ravinia Festival

Bruce Rauner, 'business guy' or politician?

Bruce Rauner, 'business guy' or politician?

Bruce Rauner's voice boomed across the beer garden at Schooner's, a blue-collar Bloomington watering hole known for its king-size pork tenderloin sandwiches that could feed a family of four.

"Look, I'm not a politician, I'm a business guy," declared Rauner to about 50 people, including many campaign volunteers. "I've been an entrepreneur and business builder my whole life and I'm going to make Illinois pro-business, pro-growth, pro-job creation again."

It's a go-to, red meat applause line for conservative audiences. On occasion Rauner throws in a folksier twist, introducing himself as "a traveling salesman."

Viewed in that light, Bruce...