“I would very much like for them (voters) to see it,” he said at the debate. “I want to get it out there, believe me.”
The treasurer also faces questions about his workplace judgment after it was reported that he shared hotel rooms with his executive assistant, which the treasurer says he did to save money. The issue was never mentioned during the debate.
Rauner was asked about his donation to an elite Chicago school after his daughter gained admission. Rauner, a Winnetka venture capitalist, has said he gave to many schools and the donation was not connected to the admission.
Unlike a few recent debates - one in suburban Chicago last month Rauner called a “beat up Brucey” event - Tuesday’s tone was civil.
“These three men are unelectable,” Dillard said of his opponents. “For my party to nominate another wounded duck for governor sends this state permanently, permanently down the drain.”
Rutherford has pointed out that he’s the only candidate to win statewide office. He’s also been the only other candidate to raise enough money to compete with Rauner on the airwaves. Brady, of Bloomington, and Dillard, of Hinsdale, have so far lagged in fundraising and have been unable to buy television advertising.
Rutherford was the second candidate to hit the airwaves, but his campaign recently pulled back reserved ad time. He didn’t explain why.
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