"We are going to stand against that machine and we are going to beat that machine", Rauner said to cheers, saying the machine is behind job losses, lower family incomes and the highest property taxes in America.
Rauner, a wealthy venture capitalist before being elected governor in 2014, has brought unprecedented campaign cash to the Illinois Republican Party, which has used the windfall to target several incumbent Democrats in the General Assembly who it sees as vulnerable. "We've got to manage what we've got going this cycle".
State officials peg the cost of upkeep at Springfield and DeQuoin fairgrounds at $180 million.
The foundation hasn't raised any money yet, but Rauner said he and his wife look forward to donating.
A news release from Rauner's office says the foundation "will be led by a volunteer board representing a diverse cross-section of the agriculture industry".
As Poe spoke to a large crowd at an Agriculture Day breakfast at the fairgrounds, a slide show displayed pictures of crumbling mortar, peeling paint and other deterioration. Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, will serve on the board in the same capacity. "It's only common sense", says Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Rauner demonized the powerful Chicago Democrats who control the Legislature by labeling them a "machine" of entrenched politicians directing a "system that's rigged for power of the existing class. not working for the people".
Opponents - including Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan - say public money should be able to support a public structure, provided there's adequate revenue.
"Everyone has a right to a private ballot", Radogno said. The foundation's task will be to raise funds to maintain the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin, which the beleaguered state budget has been unable to do.
Brady sponsored the most recent foundation bill, which stalled in the Senate this spring.