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Bruce Rauner

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, co-founder of private equity firm GTCR, won the GOP nomination, beating a trio of candidates. Rauner, a Republican who has nonetheless worked closely with Democratic mayors Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley on education issues, says he wants term limits for state politicians, including a two-term limit for governors. He believes the legality of same-sex marriage should be decided by voter referendum, and will not disclose his personal stance on the issue. Rauner served on the board of the Chicago Public Education Fund and led Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism bureau. He is also a proponent of charter schools, and is on the board of the Noble Network of Charter Schools; the network has a school named after Rauner.

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