Quinn and Rauner face off over school vouchers

By WEEK Producer

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner appeared together on Friday in Chicago before members of the Illinois Education Association.

The two candidates for Governor, seated opposite each other, traded barbs over past performance or past comments.

It is the first time the two men have shared a stage this year.

Both men were questioned about the use of school vouchers for parents.

"I don't think vouchers are the way to go," said Quinn. "I believe in Public education, neighborhood schools, community schools."

"I believe that vouchers programs should be made available in in districts which are not achieving their goals. And, parents should be empowered to have school choice," said Rauner. "It's one of the most important principles we can have in our school systems."

In the primary, the IEA endorsed Senator Kirk Dillard for Governor over Bruce Rauner and funded anti-Rauner TV ads.