Merlin Media's Bruce Rauner Touted For Illinois Governor By Sun-Times
October 20, 2014 at 5:01 AM (PT)
MERLIN MEDIA principal BRUCE RAUNER's run for Governor of ILLINOIS as a REPUBLICAN candidate is being endorsed by the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, which just ended its nearly three-year-old policy of remaining neutral in political contests.
Prior to his candidacy, RAUNER was a principal investor in WRAPPORTS LLC, the parent company of the SUN-TIMES, which wrote glowingly of his candidacy: “Today we are putting our chips -- we’re all in -- on an extraordinarily capable businessman who just might have what it takes to break the stranglehold of uninspired, self-serving, one-party rule in SPRINGFIELD.”
RAUNER also has ties to private equity giant GTCR, the majority owner of MERLIN MEDIA, whose holdings include CHICAGO Modern Rock WKQX (101.1) and Rock WLUP (Loop 97.9). MERLIN sold its stations in NEW YORK (now CBS RADIO’s all-sports WFAN) and PHILADELPHIA (now EMF’s contemporary Christian WKVP [106.9 K-LOVE]). RAUNER is running against DEMOCRATIC incumbent PAT QUINN.