Candidate For Governor Among The Trump Supporters At MAGA Rally In Rockford

Nov 22, 2017

Supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally and expo in Rockford Tuesday to celebrate the first year of his presidency.

Author and activist Trevor Loudon speaks to a group gathered at the "Make America Great Again Illinois" rally in Rockford.
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The group Make America Great Again Illinois drew about 200 politicians and Trump supporters. Anti-Communist activist Trevor Loudon was one of the featured speakers. He drew applause when he said Trump’s election prevented a complete socialist takeover of American government, which he contended had been a growing movement for 60 years. Loudon told the crowd, “And there was enough good people in this country that God basically smiled on us and gave us another shot.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives spoke at the rally because she wants voters to know she voted for President Trump and still strongly supports him. She said, “I believe in the policies that he’s implemented to date. I believe in following our federal laws. I believe in arresting illegal immigration so that we can support workers in our state first.”

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is running for governor
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Ives is a state representative from Wheaton. She says she got into the race for governor because she feels Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner isn’t conservative enough and hasn’t developed a relationship with the president. She says that relationship is key to the financial health of the state.