Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner claims he was milking cows by age eight, which makes it likely he also drank some raw milk while growing up. But, during the campaign that saw him unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday night, the incoming Republican governor did not say whether he would allow raw milk regulations pending in the state to go forward. But it looks like he is getting the chance to make that decision because the process has slowed down. Rauner was elected Tuesday, largely on fears Illinois residents have about state debts, especially unfunded pension liabilities, that have caused some to compare the state to Argentina for its precarious financial condition. The Illinois native went from his youth milking cows to earn an MBA from Harvard and then into a career making business investments that last year earned him about $60 million. He put Quinn away by self-funding much of his campaign. Now one of the things Rauner has to look forward to is deciding how raw milk is regulated in the Land of Lincoln. But where he comes down on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s proposed regulations for raw milk isn’t clear. Those regulations are getting their last public comments today at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. As of last Friday, about 800 people had commented on the changes, according to department spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The public comment period, which was originally scheduled to end on Oct. 20, was extended until today. After today, the schedule calls for the new regulations to be forwarded on Dec. 4 to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. That’s the legislative panel that has the power to implement state regulations. As drafted, IDH proposes a two-tier permit system for raw milk dairies; one tier is for sales directly to consumers, but entirely on the farm. The other involves sales to a wider consumer market. Wes King, executive director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, predicts the new rules won’t be ready until well into 2015. King and his members sought today’s hearing at the fairgrounds and called for more time for comments. King is predicting that the department will take more time to review the comments. If he’s correct, that will push decision-making into the new administration in Springfield. Today’s hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Illinois Building, located at the fairgrounds campus in Springfield The Illinois Stewardship Alliance says the IDPH rules “fall short on all fronts.” Up until Election Day, it had a campaign going to persuade its members to call Gov. Quinn’s office with a message that the proposed rules “will hurt family farmers.” Gov.-elect Rauner’s transition office will probably be hearing from the same folks very soon.