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Gloves off in race for Ill. governor

October 18, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addresses attendees before the opening of the 2010 Chicago Green Festival. (Photo by: Flickr Creative Commons User

Questions about jobs and the economy were at the center of the debate  between the Democratic and Republican candidates on Oct. 17.

A lot of the back-and-forth between the candidates focused on integrity.

Throughout the debate Governor Pat Quinn repeatedly called on Republican State Senator Bill Brady to answer allegations that Brady voted for legislation that advanced his business interests.

“We already have two governors that have disappointed us,” Quinn said, “One’s in jail, one’s going to jail. We don’t need a walking conflict of interest as governor of Illinois.”

Brady accused Quinn of using a personal attack to distract voters.

“The people want to hear about what you’re going to do to bring jobs back to Illinois,” Brady said, “That’s what we’re focused on, Governor.”

Outside the debate, Green Party Candidate Rich Whitney protested his exclusion from the event.

Whitney, Libertarian Lex Green, and Independent Scott Lee Cohen were not invited.

(From a report by Kristin Moo, WBEZ Chicago)


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