Not that it comes as much of a surprise, but Governor Rauner announced this morning via a video that he'll be seeking a second term as Illinois' chief executive.

The Governor's announcement was piggy-backed with a video, showing Rauner in his motorcycle leathers (bearing the title "Governor"), making the declaration that he chooses "to fight."

From the Chicago Tribune:

Rauner makes his formal re-election declaration amid contentious times for the GOP in Illinois. The former private equity investor used his personal wealth to rebuild the party into a formidable campaign extension. But a series of controversial bill signings, capped by last month's approval of a bill to expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions to women covered by Medicaid and state employee health insurance, have left Rauner searching for a base of support as social conservatives look for someone to challenge him.

Regardless of his political standing, Rauner has nearly $66 million in his campaign fund, largely due to an infusion of $50 million of his own cash in December and another $20 million from billionaire hedge-fund founder Ken Griffin.


Here's the video: