IN THE two and a half years since he was elected governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner has met the media as little as possible. Recently, though, he has seemed more eager to communicate. In February he started to take questions from listeners once a month on WBEZ, the local public-radio station. On May 9th he appeared on Facebook Live with his wife, and last month he went on an impromptu tour of the state, visiting businesses and restaurants.
Mr Rauner is one of the most vulnerable Republican governors in the country. A poll in March by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute of Southern Illinois University found that 58% of those surveyed disapproved of the job he is doing. The fiscal mess he inherited is now so acute that, according to chatter on the bond markets, Illinois could go bust like Puerto Rico. The state’s debt stands at $210.4bn; Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s all put its credit rating just two notches away from…Continue reading