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Bruce Rauner’s billionaire backers

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2015 at 9:08am

Wealthy donors, from within the state and elsewhere, are transforming Illinois politics, the New York Times writes.

Led by hedge funder Kenneth C. Griffin, who gave $13.5 million, billionaires poured buckets of cash into Bruce Raumer’s successful run for governor in 2014.

The interactive Muckety map above shows major billionaire donors to the campaign. (There were others, as well. Investor Sam Zell, worth an estimated $5.1 billion, gave a paltry $2,000.)

Never in Illinois history have so few spent so much on a state campaign.

Now, according to the Times, “they are rallying behind Mr. Rauner’s agenda: to cut spending and overhaul the state’s pension system, impose term limits and weaken public employee unions.”

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