News

GOP Governor Candidates Debate for the Last Time

GOP Governor Candidates Debate for the Last Time

Brady, Rutherford, Dillard, Rauner on the set at WTTW Photo: Associated Press

The four Republican candidates for governor met for their final debate of the primary race.

Unions were the subject of several questions in Thursday’s debate on WTTW-TV. Bruce Rauner implied that the government unions endorsing State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) now have Dillard in their back pocket.

“When government union power can influence politicians in the contract negotiations for pensions, for pay scales, for health care, it’s a direct financial incentive—in effect, it’s a bribe,” Rauner said.

Dillard said his record as a legislator proves Rauner wrong.

“I’m somebody that will negotiate only with the kinds of moneys that the state has, and I can certainly tell unions know,” Dillard said.

Dillard said it’s Rauner, not him, that has been involved in so-called pay-to-play activities.

Dillard has consistently placed second in recent polls since gaining endorsements from groups like the Illinois Education Association, but still trails Rauner by double digits heading into Tuesday’s primary.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield Based Reporter Resigns Following Rauner Complaint

Chicago Sun Times

Dave McKinney was the Chicago Sun-Times' Springfield bureau chief.

in Local

Natural Gas Prices to Hold Steady This Winter

Ameren+Illinois+Utilities+logo

No wide price swings expected this winter

in Local

Elkhart Mine Expansion Vote Delayed

coal mine

Vote to extend waste site expected in November

in Local

City Gives Attorney Additional $25k to Defend Police Officer

municipal_east_3

The Springfield City Council will allow a police officer facing a lawsuit to be represented by an attorney of his choice -- but not everyone is on board with it.