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State Week: In First Debate, Pritzker And Rauner Stay On Script

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

All four candidates for governor shared a stage this week for the first of three televised debates. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, picked up right where their mudslinging TV ads left off.

Rauner called Pritzker “deceitful” and scoffed at his “inherited wealth,” while Pritzker called the incumbent a “liar” and a “failure.” It remains to be seen whether this will be the only debate appearance of Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson and Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, who’s running as a Conservative Party candidate.

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler and guests Doug Finke of The State Journal-Register and Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio’s The Sunday Spin.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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