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Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidates

J.B. Pritzker (D)

A longtime women’s health champion who stands up for Planned Parenthood patients.

As your governor, I will always fight for Illinois women and families, and I’ll stand up against Donald Trump’s effort to limit women’s healthcare.

— J.B. Pritzker

Source: Medium

During the primary campaign for governor, J.B. came out strongly and publicly in support of a woman’s right to make personal health care decisions for herself no matter her zip code, income level, or source of health care coverage. And, when Brett Kavanaugh was announced as the United States Supreme Court nominee J.B. immediately voiced opposition to Kavanaugh’s anti-women’s health record. J.B. recognizes what’s at stake – that the future of Roe v. Wade is on the line.

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Why We Support J.B. Pritzker

We need a governor who won’t just stand with women. We need a governor who will STAND UP for women which is why Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is standing with J.B. Pritzker in his bid for election to Governor of Illinois.

Read More from Anel Ruiz, Treasurer, PPIA Board

J.B. Pritzker on the Issues:

Equal Pay and Economic Stability
  • J.B. Pritzker has vowed to fight for legislation that strengthens equal pay laws and prevents employers from asking about salary history.  He understands that basing someone’s salary on their past salary rather than their qualifications and the job requirements opens the door to perpetuating wage discrimination.  
  • J.B. Pritzker is committed to raising the minimum wage to a living wage to help lift up families striving to get into the middle class, especially female-headed single-parent households.
Family Programs and Services
  • J.B. Pritzker pledged to increase access to the Child Care Assistance Program so that working parents can maintain stable employment.
Health Care
  • J.B. Pritzker has pledged to pass annual budgets that restore funding for health care services for low-income women, including reproductive health care.
  • J.B. Pritzker has promised to stand up to Donald Trump’s attempts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and rollback federal protections for women’s healthcare, like access to birth control

Bruce Rauner (R)


“I am the strongest supporter of candidates for office who are pro-life. Nobody has worked harder to elect pro-life Republicans than I have and I remind everybody of that… I’m supporting legislators who are pro-life. I am a strong ally and strong supporter for pro-life candidates”

— Bruce Rauner

Source: WJPF am 1020

Bruce Rauner’s actions on HB 40 do not instill confidence that he will be a leader in protecting reproductive rights. When he ran for Governor in 2014, Bruce Rauner said he was pro-choice and would sign legislation HB 40. But, in 2017 he said he would veto HB 40. Then, he again changed his mind and signed the bill.  No one – on either side of the issue - knew what he was going to do. 

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Why We Don't Support Bruce Rauner

Despite claiming support for women's health, Bruce Rauner changed his mind multiple times on important reproductive rights issues.

Additionally, Bruce Rauner has nominated anti-abortion legislators to lead agencies in charge of implementing women's health legislation.

Bruce Rauner on the Issues:

Equal Pay and Economic Stability
  • Bruce Rauner vetoed bi-partisan legislation to strengthen Illinois Pay Equity Act and eliminate systematic discrimination by prohibiting employers from asking about salary history. He proposed weaker legislation with loopholes that would have allowed employers to ask for salary history after offering a job which could result in reductions in bonuses and raises. The Illinois General Assembly passed another bill no salary bill (HB 4163) this year. We haven’t heard anything from the Governor about how he plans to act on this bill.
  • Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill to raise the minimum wage saying that it would hurt businesses.
Family Programs and Services
  • Bruce Rauner unilaterally slashed eligibility for the state’s child care program, throwing 55,000 children out of the program and forcing families to scramble for alternatives or quit jobs in order to make sure their children were safely cared for. Even after the eligibility requirements were restored, Rauner proposed more cuts again in 2018.
  • Illinois women were hit 'disproportionately hard' by state budget impasse, created by Bruce Rauner.  Local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters had to cut staff and roll back programs to victims of violence.  Despite passing a budget in 2018, providers are still trying to recover from the crisis and many are still owed millions in overdue bills.





Health Care
  • Bruce Rauner proposed state budgets that slashed health programs and decimated funding for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program.
  • When the Trump-Pence Administration’s pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and "defund" Planned Parenthood, Bruce Rauner failed stand up for Illinois women whose health care was under threat. Despite being repeatedly asked to publicly advocate for the Illinoisans who rely on the ACA for basic health care like well-woman visits and birth control, Rauner was silent.


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