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Stating Their Case, but Not Face to Face

Stating Their Case, but Not Face to Face

You can find at least two points of agreement between the major-party candidates for
governor: each says education funding is important, and each says the other would be terrible for it.

“If I don’t win on November 4,” Gov. Pat Quinn said, “get ready for Siberia when it comes to investment in public services. Our schools will not get the resources they need, other purposes of government are going to be left with extreme and radican cuts.”

Rauner says that’s not true. “We are a wealthy state,” he says, “and if we say education is our priority, the money is there to invest in education.”

On another topic, both would like to get Illinois farm products into Cuba.

“The embargo, I don’t think, is successful,” says Quinn. “That country does not have the purchasing power to purchase our agricultural exports.”

“Cuba has the potential to be a huge export market for us,” says Rauner. “That takes a lot of federal involvement and control.”

The men appeared two hours apart at an Illinois Farm Bureau forum in Bloomington, as did the Senate candidates.

Differing views of federal earmarks were just one way you can tell the candidates for U. S. Senate in Illinois apart.

Incumbent U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says ag research buildings at the University of Illinois and the USDA lab at Peoria are examples. “You and your predecessors came to me with these projects, and said, we need them for the future of agriculture. So, no apologies. If we can get back to where I can earmark money to bring it home to Illinois, to make sure our federal tax dollars find their way back to our state, I’m going to continue to do it.”

“Our federal budget is bleeding with deficit and debt that is being immorally being piled on our children and grandchildren,” State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) countered. “Dick Durbin’s solution is to bring back earmarks.”

Oberweis, a freshman state senator after several failed attempts to win elective office, is trying to paint Durbin as an entrenched insider and himself as a non-politician. Durbin said seniority does count, pointing out the current occupant of the Oval Office will take his call.

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