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Quinn, Rauner Clash Over State’s Economic Climate

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The candidates in the race for Illinois governor are presenting contrasting views on the economic climate in Illinois.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says manufacturing is up since he’s been governor and notes auto manufacturing companies including Chrysler and Ford have increased jobs in recent years under his watch.

But Republican businessman Bruce Rauner says the state’s regulations and taxes are stifling growth.

Quinn wants to extend the state’s temporary tax increase which is set to expire next January. Rauner, meanwhile, supports an incremental rollback.

The candidates are facing off in their first true, televised debate in Peoria. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and several of the state’s public television and radio stations.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner each are telling voters why they’re the best person to lead Illinois.   The candidates for governor are facing off Thursday in Peoria. It’s their first televised, true debate of the race.

Quinn says he inherited a mess when he took office in 2009. He says unemployment is now at its lowest level in six years and “the best way to go is to stay in this direction.”

Rauner says Illinois “has lost its way” under Chicago Democrats such as Quinn. He says too many people still are out of work and companies see Illinois as anti-business.

Thursday’s event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Illinois’ public broadcasters.

The candidates are scheduled to debate twice more before Nov. 4.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The candidates in Illinois’ nationally watched governor’s race have contrasting views on a proposal to fix the formula used to fund the state’s schools.

Democratic Sen. Andy Manar’s proposal would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts.

The plan passed the Senate in the spring and is being considered in the House. Lawmakers from wealthier Chicago suburbs object to the funding cuts some districts would face.

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn says the state needs to increase education investment. But he says Manar’s proposal needs “a lot of oversight and review” as well as more debate.

Republican Bruce Rauner says he “probably wouldn’t support that particular bill.” He said he favors an overhaul of the current formula.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are each detailing their biggest professional “regrets” in their Peoria debate.

Quinn says he’s “definitely not perfect,” and doesn’t think any human being is. He says he regrets not cutting lawmakers pay — and his own — to spur an overhaul of the state’s underfunded pension systems sooner.

Rauner says not every company his private equity firm has created or acquired has been successful. He also noted he’s “rarely” seen business executives engage in unethical behavior. He says he’s tried to take action to quickly correct that.

The candidates are facing off at WTVP studios in Peoria. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and several of the state’s public television and radio stations.