DUMKE: One of these guys is going to be governor of Illinois

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To their credit, both Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner occasionally acknowledge that the race for governor is really about how to address the state’s precarious economic health. After all, everything else—education, crime, poverty, the environment, even the cost of pizza and beer—hinges on it.

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But they’ve offered few concrete solutions for how to fix it, perhaps because they don’t have any—at least none they want to campaign on. In different ways, they’re both simply hoping they can patch things over until the economy is stronger.

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Instead, they’ve spent most of the campaign ripping into each other, which you know if you’ve dared to turn on the TV or radio in the last couple months.

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Quinn has tried to portray Rauner as an evasive, insensitive, out-of-touch version of Mitt Romney, and that’s saying something. Rauner has attempted to paint Quinn as a kinder, gentler, and less effective Rod Blagojevich, which doesn’t sound like a winning combination either.

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It’s enough to make a voter feel that we’re screwed. I’m here to tell you that, well . . .

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Anyway, before you make a choice, you should know at least the basic facts about each of the candidates: Bruce Rauner has made a career of buying things, including politicians. And Pat Quinn is a professional politician who specializes in survival.

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Read More: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/pat-quinn-and-bruce-rauner-governor-campaign/Content?oid=15308173
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