News

Rauner, Rutherford Butt Heads at First GOP Candidate’s Forum

Rauner, Rutherford Butt Heads at First GOP Candidate’s Forum

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A forum Thursday with all four Republican candidates for governor ended with a tense exchange.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) and Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) both attacked Bruce Rauner during the forum, held in Mount Prospect and sponsored by the Daily Herald.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford did not, until Rauner claimed Rutherford is backed by public sector unions.

“Dan, you’ve taken a lot, more than $100,000, too,” Rauner said.

“That is not correct, Bruce Rauner,” Rutherford said.

“It is, but we’ll deal with that,” Rauner continued. Rutherford interrupted again, saying “No, Bruce Rauner, don’t do that. That is not correct. I’ve pulled my D2s. You have no right to put out false information on me.”

After the forum, Rutherford suggested that exchange is proof that he is the biggest threat to Rauner in the Republican primary.

“It has become evident that this has turned into Rauner-Rutherford race, and Mr. Rauner has now looked to turn on the heat on us,” Rutherford said.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois Tollway Expects Spike in Holiday Traffic

IL Tollways

Free coffee will also be available at tollway oases.

in Local

Quinn Signs Bill to Pay Jurors More in Illinois

Governor Quinn Signs Historic Pension Reform

Quinn signs bill to increase daily pay for those who serve jury duty in Illinois.

in Local

Central Illinois Food Bank Says Need is Great All Year Long

foodbank

Executive Director Pam Molitoris says need remains great the entire year.

in Local

T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

local_news_generic

Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers