My State’s Governor-ILLINOIS
The Governor of Illinois is Bruce Rauner. He was born on February 18, 1957 in Chicago and has been the Governor of Illinois since January 12, 2015. Rauner belongs to the Republican Party and has attended Harvard University, Harvard Business School, and Dartmouth College. He is known as “an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician.” Some things about his life background are that he is from a family of six and is of half German and half Swedish descent. In the beginning of his business career, Rauner started as the Chairman of a private equity firm called Golder Thomas Cressy Rauner Incorporated (GTCR). He was also the Chairman of the Choose Chicago organization, the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Education Committee of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. In Rauner’s political career, he started off as an advisor to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It was in 2013 that Rauner decided to start his campaign to run as a Republican for Governor of Illinois. The goals of his campaign consisted of streamlining government, improving the business climate, and improving education. Rauner was elected governor on November 4, 2014 and was sworn in on Jan. 12 of the following year. During the election, Governor Rauner was asked numerous questions pertaining to scandals occurring within the few nursing home companies that he ran. There were court cases of elderly people dying in bathtubs, sexual assaults, and people living in “deplorable” conditions. Governor Rauner responded with poise and said he intended to be a good governor as he was a businessman and “run the state like a business.” Rauner has also won a numerous amount of awards like Philanthropist of the Year in 2008, the Daley Medal from the Illinois Venture Capital Association in 2003, and the Association for Corporate Growth’s Lifetime Achievement Award.