Rauner makes final stop in Peoria before Primary election

By Beau Ebenezer

March 15, 2014 Updated Mar 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Tuesday's Primary election is right around the corner, and Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their last minute pitch to voters.

Chicago area businessman Bruce Rauner said he is confident about winning the republican nomination.

Rauner made a stop at Haddad's Restaurant in Downtown Peoria Saturday afternoon.

He criticized Governor Pat Quinn, calling him the worst governor in the country.

Rauner went on to discuss his number one priority, the state's economy.

He said lowering spending and running the state like a business is vital.

We've got to shake up Springfield so it is run more like a business. Today our spending is out of control," said Rauner. "It is bankrupting the state and is mortgaging our children's future here in Illinois. We've got to bring in business executives and turn the state around."

A recent Chicago Tribune poll showed Rauner 13 points ahead of his closest primary rival, State Senator Kirk Dillard.