Illinois Born & Raised

Meet Gary

Gary Rabine was born and raised in rural McHenry County, Illinois. Gary didn’t have much growing up but was loved by his parents and taught the value of hard work and discipline. Upon graduating high school, Gary harnessed those values and began building his first business – seal coating driveways. Gary developed that business into one of the largest parking lot paving companies in America. Gary has gone on to build and turn around over a dozen other companies under the Rabine Group umbrella which now does business in all fifty states. 

Family

Gary married the love of his life, Cheryl, when he was twenty-two years old and was blessed to have her by his side as they built their dreams and raised their three children together before adopting their fourth child from Russia. As Gary was growing his small businesses, he worked long hours when his children were young and intentionally spent every free moment he had with his family. He instilled the value of hard work into his children. His two older children hold executive leadership positions within the Rabine Group and his two younger children are team members on his gubernatorial campaign. Gary also has three, young, grandchildren whom he spends as much time with as possible. 

Love & Loss

In June of 2016, Gary’s wife had two emergency brain surgeries to remove a brain tumor and was thereafter diagnosed with brain cancer. Cheryl fought bravely for over four years as Gary searched around the globe for every possible solution to cure his wife. Thanks to President Trump’s ‘Right to Try’ Gary and Cheryl traveled the globe discovering solutions that extended Cheryl’s life; trying treatments in Vienna and Bangalore, but to no avail. Tragically, Cheryl passed away in October of 2020. Gary will tell you that he learned ultimate faith, courage and strength from her. After losing Cheryl, what was important to Gary going forward became crystal clear – his childrens’ well-being, his grandchildrens’ well-being and the well-being of the great state of Illinois that he and his family love so dearly. His faith, courage and every ounce of strength that Cheryl imparted to him are now being poured into his fight to both reform and rebuild Illinois. 

Love & Loss

In June of 2016, Gary’s wife had two emergency brain surgeries to remove a brain tumor and was thereafter diagnosed with brain cancer. Cheryl fought bravely for over four years as Gary searched around the globe for every possible solution to cure his wife. Thanks to President Trump’s ‘Right to Try’ Gary and Cheryl traveled the globe discovering solutions that extended Cheryl’s life; trying treatments in Vienna and Bangalore, but to no avail. Tragically, Cheryl passed away in October of 2020. Gary will tell you that he learned ultimate faith, courage and strength from her. After losing Cheryl, what was important to Gary going forward became crystal clear – his childrens’ well-being, his grandchildrens’ well-being and the well-being of the great state of Illinois that he and his family love so dearly. His faith, courage and every ounce of strength that Cheryl imparted to him are now being poured into his fight to both reform and rebuild Illinois. 

Fighting for Illinois

Gary will not let the citizens of Illinois down. He willingly shoulders the burdens and takes the risks that come with running for governor and as General Flynn has been quoted as saying ‘Gary does not just talk conservative, he takes action.” Gary was one of the lead plaintiffs who sued the Biden Administration, challenging the constitutionality of their employer vaccine mandate; a mandate that would have impacted over 80 million hard working Americans. Gary and his team fought all the way to the US Supreme Court and won. Due to those efforts and other similar actions taken by Gary; he has been the target of cancel culture, audits and lawsuits. Those attempts to quiet and subdue Gary Rabine only strengthen his resolve to do what’s right for the citizens of Illinois and the country as a whole.

Servant Leadership

Gary has helped found and fund national organizations that have grown into titans in their respective spaces; these include Job Creators Network and Turning Point. When Charlie Kirk came to Gary he only had $15,000 in donations in the bank. Gary was Charlie’s 3rd investor and it was Gary’s relationships with people like Bernie Marcus of Home Depot and those within Job Creators Network and YPO that helped raise Charlie’s first million. Gary raised a couple hundred thousand locally and then flew Charlie to Florida to meet with his JCN contacts to get
Charlie to that launch point. Charlie will tell you that Turning Point would not be where it was today without Gary’s involvement. Gary was the 6th CEO invited to join JCN and a founding board member; that organization is now 300,000-plus businesses strong. Gary is now actively supporting and fundraising for RunGenZ an organization that empowers and mentors conservative youth to pursue leadership opportunities, including public office. Gary supports and grows organizations like these because he has the ability to recognize their value and the positive impact they will have on our state and our country.

Gary has always believed that Illinois’ greatest asset is its people. The work ethic, the belief in family, the belief in God, the belief in freedom are woven into the DNA of every citizen of this state and he does not want anyone to leave; including his own children and grandchildren. After a thorough business accounting, Gary can definitively say that eight out of his thirteen companies in Illinois would be fiscally much better served if they moved out of Illinois. Gary understands that Illinois’ unfriendly business and regulatory environment is preventing people from buying homes or starting businesses and is forcing families to take their kids out of public schools and ultimately forcing many to leave the state. As a grandfather to three, he knows that Illinois is currently not the best place for them to grow up and he is determined to change that; for his family and every family of Illinois.

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