Bruce Rauner is getting some fundraising help from a possible 2016 presidential candidate. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Chicago to stump for Rauner’s bid for governor. Rauner says they’ve worked together before. “He and I have been friends for a long time,” Rauner said. “He’s been a leader nationally in education reform, empowering parents with school choice, and making sure schools are held to high accountability standards.”
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Democrats are using Bush’s presence to try and tie Rauner to the tax policies of former President George W. Bush. State Sen. Kwame Raoul says those policies are what caused the most recent recession. “We’re digging out of that recession and we don’t want to go back,” Raoul said. It’s not the first time a potential presidential candidate has visited Illinois on Rauner’s behalf. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made three trips to the state during the campaign.