Rauner Shows Support for Israel

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Signs Historic Anti-BDS Law in Illinois

Illinois Becomes First State in America to Divest Public Pension Funds from Foreign Companies that Boycott Israel

CHICAGO – Flanked by bipartisan legislators, Jewish community leaders and the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed historic legislation making Illinois the first state in America to divest its public pension funds from companies that participate in the Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment (BDS) movement targeting Israel.

Governor Bruce Rauner signs the bill.

Governor Bruce Rauner signs the bill.

The Illinois law is the first state-based measure to take specific concrete action against boycotts of Israel.

The legislation, which was modeled after past measures relating to Iran and Sudan, requires state pension systems to terminate direct investment in companies that boycott Israel and issue warnings to fund managers when such companies are held indirectly inside larger portfolios.

The statute defines “boycotting Israel” as “engaging in actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in territories controlled by the State of Israel.”

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

“We need to stand up to anti-Semitism whenever and wherever we see it,” Gov. Rauner said.

“This historic legislation is an important first step in the fight against boycotts of Israel and I hope other states move quickly to follow our lead.

“I want to thank Sen. Silverstein, Rep. Feigenholtz and all the sponsors of this legislation for working with our Administration to take a stand against BDS.”

The anti-BDS measure, SB 1761, was initiated by Gov. Rauner and sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). It passed 49-0 in the Senate and 102-0 in the House.


Rauner Shows Support for Israel — 6 Comments

  1. 1. Why is a state acting on foreign policy?
    2. Why is it anybody else’s business if one country doesn’t want to do business with another country? It’s an issue between party A and party B, it doesn’t need involvement from party C.

  2. Republicans owe allegiance to Israel first that is why they will vote en bloc against a deal with Iran and other nations like Russia, China, Britain, etc because they don’t think of America first.

    They would rather have war.

  3. Pension fund money shouldn’t be invested in foreign countries.

    I the long run that makes them stronger and we lose jobs.

  4. Karma: Your obvious liberal / progressive bias tends to make readers ignore anything you post.

    When a bill passes the House and the Senate without any objection I would conclude that both parties approve the legislation.

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