Rauner, Pritzker Make Final Joint Appearance At Gubernatorial Debate

Craig Dellimore
October 11, 2018 - 8:59 pm
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JB Pritzker, left, Bruce Rauner


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Rauner Administration’s handling of the Legionnaire's disease outbreak at the Quincey Veterans Home was a focus of the final televised debate between incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker.

The reporter’s panel in Quincy had the governor on the defensive from the start of the hourlong debate Thursday evening. The incumbent rejected assertions his administration negligently delayed alerting the public about the legionella outbreak.

“We could all learn lessons about how to do things better, but the veterans were well-served by the outstanding staff here. Action was taken immediately to keep them safe,” Rauner, who seeks a second term in the Nov. 6 election, said.

Pritzker pounced. “Actions were not taken immediately. In fact, six days went by, and as a result people got sick and someone died, and then, over the course of three years, the neglect and fatal mismanagement led to 14 deaths.”

Rauner stuck to talking points in which he labeled Pritzker, a billionaire businessman, a tax cheat who wants to raise taxes and help Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, maintain a corrupt system.

Pritkzer called Rauner -- himself a wealthy man -- a failure at governing. The Democrat promised that his progressive income-tax proposal would help the middle class.