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Illinois candidates for governor put own spin on debate

After the WGEM Illinois Gubernatorial Debate, both candidates put their own spin on the debate.

After a fiery debate that saw the gloves come off early, both candidates were more subdued in a post debate press conference.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner admittedly tired.

“I’m working my tail off and it’s the end of a long day, a late night. and everyday is long. But we’re working 24/7,” said Rauner.

Rauner doubled down on his team’s handling of the deadly legionnaire’s crisis at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, still saying action was taken immediately and offering some personal thoughts too.

“It’s heartbreaking and I’ve cried about it,” said Rauner. “I’ve spent much time with the veterans about it and i firmly believe that the team here did everything they could and did a good job in very difficult circumstances.”

Opponent democrat JB Pritzker said the governor didn’t act fast enough and lives were lost.

“That’s the shame of all of this frankly is that the governor had the ability to do something,” stated Pritzker. “And when he found out by the way that people hadn’t been notified, he didn’t take any responsibility for it.”

Pritzker also claimed the governor hasn’t done a good enough job asking for federal help on any issue. Pritzker said that’s something he would change if elected.

“When we need help from the federal government, you want a governor that is willing to go get it,” said Pritzker. “This governor hasn’t done it and when you need somebody to protect the people of Illinois as has happened too often over the past two years from the white house, then you need the governor to stand up and speak out and fight for the people of Illinois.”

“Crystal clear choice, do we continue down the path of reform, change? It’s hard, it takes time but we’ve gotta keep trying,” said Rauner. “Or do we fall back to the taxes the corruption of the past?”

While both candidates claimed victory, only one will claim victory on November 6th. Now its up to the voters.

You can watch the debate in its entirety here.

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Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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