Neither major-party candidate for governor has earned the endorsement of the state’s retail community. IMPACT, the political arm of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, finds both Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner too flawed to endorse.
“He has shown leadership in some critical areas,” IRMA president Rob Karr says of Quinn. “There are concerns among the retail community about his positions in some other areas, such as the minimum wage,” which Quinn wants to raise.
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As for Rauner, Karr says “his business history (shows) he is a man of substance,” but the retail-related concerns are issues “such as minimum wage; such as tax disparity between Internet sellers and Main Street brick-and-mortar retailers.”
The group has endorsed Democrats in the past, including then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2006, as well as Republicans.