Election 2018: Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives

State Rep. Jeanne Ives is challenging incumbent candidate Bruce Rauner for Governor.

“I have been leading the fight in the political ruling class,” Ives said. "I’ve been standing up for tax payers since day one.”

Her goal is to get the state’s budget back on track and boost the state’s economy without raising taxes.

"I’m running to defend taxpayers and bring prosperity back to the state of Illinois, and because none of the other candidates have the right solution for the state of Illinois," Ives said.

One way she said this can done is by reforming the state’s pension system.

“We want all the new-hires to go through a 401K-style program that stops the bleeding, that stops digging a hole in the pension debt," Ives said.

Ives said she’s tired of Rauner lying to the people of Illinois and that’s why she’s stepping up and challenging him.

“He’s not running his agencies well and it’s obvious, and we are going to take on public corruption again,” Ives said. “ You don’t need Mike Madigan’s mission to take on public corruption, you just need to do it.”

See Ives’s full interview below.

We continue our candidate coverage on March 5 with a look at Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy on Newschannel 20 at 6.

Illinois' Primary Election is on March 20.

Throughout this election year, we'll be using the hashtag #ILElection18. Search that on social media to follow along with the latest coverage. Also, follow statehouse reporter Rachel Droze on Facebook and Twitter and Newschannel 20 on Facebook and Twitter.

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