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Ives calls Kennedy debate reaction disqualifying

GOP candidate for governor discusses DACA, recent polling

PEORIA, Ill. - State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) tells WMBD it's "really good news" 21-percent of likely GOP primary voters would support her over Gov. Rauner if the election were held today.

That's according to a We Ask America survey.

The poll shows Rauner getting nearly 65-percent support.

"I consider that good news," said Ives. "The fact that statewide, 21 percent of them know the state rep. that's running out of the Wheaton area that's running against the gazillionaire. I think that's really good news."

Ives grabbed headlines Monday night during a candidate forum for saying "Fathers in the home" was the answer to reducing gun violence.

It prompted an angry response from Democratic candidate for governor, Chris Kennedy, whose father - Robert F. Kennedy - was assassinated.

Ives says Kennedy's reaction is disqualifying.

"Chris Kennedy basically pulled off a political stunt," explained Ives. "I don't know why he would do that. I don't know why he would walk away from the table about such an important issue, but what it tells us about him is that there's maybe certain topics that he can't control himself on and have conversations about and maybe he's disqualified himself as governor."

While Ives is running as the conservative alternative to Gov. Rauner, she does agree with implementing a work requirement when it comes to Medicaid.

"I support a work requirement for Medicaid recipients that are able bodied," Ives said. "I absolutely, 100-percent support it."

But the verdict is out when it comes to whether there should be a permanent fix for DACA recipients.

"I think that's an open question and depends on how they formulate it, but my biggest concern is that under Gov. Rauner he made us a sanctuary state," said Ives. "He basically ruined the spirit of cooperation that basically exists between local, state and federal law enforcement."

We'll have more with Rep. Ives Sunday on Central Illinois On the Record at 10:30 a.m. on WMBD.


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