What Does It Mean for Republican Governor Candidate Rauner to Win in Democratic Illinois?

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Illinois voters pulled off quite a feat on Tuesday. They overwhelmingly gave their support to raising the minimum wage and imposing a tax on millionaires but also elected a governor who will do everything in his power to make sure neither of those things ever happen.

The advisory questions — on raising the minimum wage, imposing a 3 percent income tax on millionaires and requiring health insurance plans to cover contraception — served no purpose other than to motivate Democratic voters to get to the polls, the Republicans said. Likewise with the constitutional amendments — one to place a crime victims’ bill of rights in the constitution, the other to ensure voters’ rights — though those measures would change the constitution if approved.

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