Quinn, Rauner Square Off In First Televised Debate

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.

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