Scenes from Governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s election party

By Evan Garcia

Rauner emphasized the need for a "booming economy to provide the resources for the future of our children" during his acceptance speech.
Rauner emphasized the need for a “booming economy to provide the resources for the future of our children” during his acceptance speech.

Bruce Rauner woke up Wednesday as Illinois’ next governor. The night before, his campaign held an election party in the International Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago.

The event was flanked by members of the media as supporters and staffers danced the night away. Gubernatorial polls published Sunday showed Rauner in a dead heat with Governor Pat Quinn, but backers had no doubt that Rauner would win. They crescendoed to rapturous applause once the earliest call in Rauner’s favor came in just after 8 p.m. by NBC.

Supporters came from all walks of life. From investment executives to homemakers, they were there to cheer on their Republican businessman-turned-politician. While their candidate didn’t offer specifics on how to tackle the state’s challenges, they left around midnight with the hope of a fresh start.