Rauner’s Real Record on Immigrant and Voting Rights

Chicago, IL — As Bruce Rauner attempts to hit the reset button on a summer of crisis, turmoil, and damage, the failed governor is slated to finally sign the Illinois TRUST Act and the Automatic Voter Registration bill. While critical pieces of legislation, their signings come after Rauner let them sit on his desk for 60 days and did considerable damage to immigrant and voting rights throughout his time in office.
Here’s the real Rauner record:

  • Bruce Rauner has repeatedly proposed eliminating funding for immigrant integration services and Illinois Welcoming Centers. His 736-day budget crisis forced these services and centers to scrape by.
  • Rauner vetoed legislation advanced by the University of Illinois that would have allowed undocumented students to serve as student trustees in their system.
  • In 2015, Bruce Rauner stood with voices of hate and halted new Syrian refugees from entering the state.
  • Rauner has repeatedly been silent as Donald Trump spews anti-immigrant bigotry from the White House and advances policies that would tear apart Illinois’ families and communities.


  • After the legislature overwhelmingly passed Automatic Voter Registration last year, Bruce Rauner vetoed the legislation, just before the 2016 election.
  • Rauner cited concerns about voter fraud, which is virtually non-existent, but remains a popular scapegoat by Republicans seeking to keep Democrats from the voting booth.
  • That same year, the Illinois Policy Institute, where Rauner has sourced many of his top staff, filed a lawsuit to block same-day voter registration.
  • Rauner has made it clear that voting rights are not a priority for the failed governor.

“Illinoisans deserve to know why Bruce Rauner has spent years decimating the services immigrant families need to build better lives and beating back attempts to expand voting rights,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Bruce Rauner is a spineless governor who refuses to stand up to Donald Trump, and is only willing to do what’s right when it serves his own interest.”

Anna Rosenfeld