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Rauner uses deep pockets to erode Illinois Democrats' advantage

CHICAGO Bruce Rauner spent more than $25 million of his own fortune to get elected governor of Illinois. While the state is running out of cash and thousands of state employees might not get paid because of a budget dispute, the Republican chief executive isn't done spending yet. As Illinois's gridlocked government stumbles toward a shutdown, the independently wealthy Rauner remains in campaign mode. He sends cash to his party's lawmakers and bankrolls statewide TV ads vilifying Democratic legislative leaders who oppose his agenda. "All they want is higher taxes. Again," says one ad, seeking to promote Rauner as a reform-minded, can't-be-bought businessman...

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