Different Debate, Same Rancor Between Rauner, Pritzker

Craig Dellimore
October 09, 2018 - 5:20 pm
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JB Pritzker, left, Bruce Rauner


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In their latest face-to-face appearance, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, discussed everything from taxes to immigration, but more frequently took jabs at each other.

Members of the Sun-Times Editorial Board asked public policy questions, but even on issues like the graduated income tax, Pritzker and Rauner didn’t seem to miss an opportunity to attack each other.

Rauner hit Pritzker on lowering property tax bills on one of his mansions by removing toilets. Pritzker said Rauner was negligent in the Legionnaires disease deaths at the Quincy Veterans Home.

Rauner calls the Attorney General’s probe on the outbreak politically motivated. 

Naturally, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s name came up in the spirited debate. Pritzker told the Sun-Times he’s able to stand up to the powerful Chicago Democrat -- and has.

Rauner defended his part in the two-year state budget impasse, saying it was a failure of all government; he blamed Madigan for the majority of it.

A lot of Tuesday’s debate was the two candidates talking over each other. The questioners had to step in several times to quiet the conversation.