- Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has signed HB40, the bill that expands Illinois abortion rights to include state employees and those covered by Medicaid. Rauner says that after listening to both sides, he finds that while the moral arguments of opponents are powerful, but says he must be true to his pro-choice beliefs.
He says he believes a woman must have the right to decide what goes on in her own body. Rauner's decision touched off an immediate flood of conservative opposition, including calls for a primary challenge, which he seemed to take in stride. He said, "Politics is politics." The bill also guarantees that abortion rights would continue in Illlinois if the Supreme Court's Roe versus Wade decision were ever overturned.