Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his decision to sign pro-choice measure HB40 Thursday. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Governor Bruce Rauner signed pro-choice measure HB40 Thursday, immediately setting off celebrations among abortion advocates and allegations of betrayal from some Republicans and pro-life activists. The move by Rauner, which he announced in a somber Thompson Center press conference in front of eleven women pro-choice activists, but none of the bill sponsors, immediately drew a series of angry responses from conservative legislators, some threatening to support a pro-life governor candidate in the spring.

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