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Candidates Cross Illinois In Final Election Push

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Illinois’ top political candidates spent the weekend making a final push ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner traveled the length of Illinois — from Carbondale on Saturday to the Chicago suburbs Sunday night.

Polls have consistently shown him trailing Democrat J.B. Pritzker. But at a stop in Morris, the Chicago Sun-Times quoted him calling those polls “baloney.”

Pritzker, meanwhile, stayed in Chicago and the suburbs over the weekend, capping it off with a rally starring former President Barack Obama.

“So if you don't like what’s going on right now, do not complain, do not boo,” Obama https://youtu.be/LzVZJJKKLko?t=9064">told the crowd. “Do not get anxious. Don’t get freaked out. Don’t just hashtag. Vote!”

Top Illinois Democrats are scheduled to fly around the state on Monday.

Pritzker is to be joined by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and attorney general nominee Kwame Raoul, among others.

They’re scheduled to stop in Rockford, Moline, Belleville, Marion, Springfield, and Peoria.

Rauner has just two events on his public schedule, in the Chicago suburbs of Spring Grove and Lisle.

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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