Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri August 15, 2014
Rauner's day at the IL State Fair
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner hammered on Democrats at the Illinois State Fair THURSDAY. As Hannah Meisel reports, the Democrat facing the most criticism is Governor Pat Quinn.
"let's go bruce!" chant, Bruce saying "All right guys, let's kick pat quinn out of office!" cheers*
Rauner was greeted almost like a rockstar as he rolled into the Republican Day party on his Harley. Every time he mentioned voting Quinn out of office, the crowd erupted in cheers.
Rauner has taken to calling Quinn a "failed" governor with "failed" policies. He also promises to live in the governor's mansion in Springfield, a place where Quinn spends only a third of his nights.
Recently, the mansion's roof leaked and the basement flooded, and it took weeks for a fix. "Some of you guys who know contractors are going to have to help me because we have to fix the roof and pump out the basement. You know what? Our current governor takes care of our governor's residence the way he takes care of our economy. He lets it get destroyed by neglect and abuse. We're not going to let that happen anymore."
The crowd also cheered when Rauner pledged to lower the income tax, contrasting his vision with Quinn's desire to keep the tax where it is. I'm Hannah Meisel.