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Rauner Promotes Voter Turnout; Attacks Opponent During Quincy Campaign Stop

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is traveling Illinois… trying to drum up last minute support for his re-election bid. He made a Thursday morning stop in Quincy.

The Governor spoke for about ten minutes to a crowd of about 30 people… including several current and former elected leaders.

He encouraged them to vote and reminded them that every vote for him in Adams County is one less vote he will need in Cook County.

Rauner won every county but Cook County in 2014. But he only narrowly won the popular vote.

The governor spent much of his time in Quincy bashing his opponent… describing Democrat J-B Pritzker as a corrupt person trying to buy the election.

“and I really believe that this election is not about Democrat versus Republican, as much as it is about all of us as the citizens of this state against a very corrupt, broken, political machine out of Chicago that Madigan runs and Pritzker funds.”

Rauner is talking about longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Rauner says Pritzker and Madigan want to raise taxes to solve Illinois’ budget woes.

The Governor says taxes should instead be reduced and regulations should be scaled back to encourage economic growth and job creation.

And Rauner says if re-elected, he would work to impose term limits for lawmakers and to require what he calls fair legislative maps.

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003. The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main. Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School. He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History. While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie have called Quincy home since 2007. They have two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew, one neice and several god-children. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.