A local legislative candidate may find himself at odds with his party’s nominee for governor.
Mike Bell easily won the GOP primary in the 96th House District Tuesday. Bell is a former teacher and AFSCME member who staunchly defends the merits of public sector unions and the pension benefits earned by their members.
That is a sharp contrast to the rhetoric of Republican nominee for governor Bruce Rauner, who says those unions have a “corrupting influence” on state government. Bell says he will try to educate Rauner on the important contributions of those union members… but says he will support his party’s nominee despite their differences.