As primary day gets closer the debates start to heat up

By WEEK Producer

As primary day gets closer the debates start to heat up

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 10:39 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Another debate Thursday night in Chicago for the Republican candidates for Illinois Governor. As primary day gets closer, the gloves are coming off.

For months, we've heard from each of you. Reporter Charles Thomas wanted to get the four GOP candidates to explain why their primary opponents weren't electable.

"I think any one of us has a decent shot at beating Pat Quinn," said GOP candidate Bruce Rauner. "I think I have the best shot"

It ended, however, with a three-on-one pileup, two senators and a treasurer unhappy with Bruce Rauner's repeated portrayal of them as "career politicians" who are "part of the problem" in Springfield.

"I'm proud of the public service I've performed," said GOP candidate Dan Rutherford.

"I'm not part of the problem. I haven't voted for a Democratic budget in ages," said GOP candidate Senator Kirk Dillard.

"With all respect to Mr. Rauner, he's never been to Springfield to lobby for one thing to my knowledge," said GOP candidate Senator Bill Brady.

"His callous disregard for human life..."

It was Kirk Dillard who punched hardest, saying Rauner's business associates were crooks.

"More business associates from Missouri and Michigan in Federal penitentiaries than we have Governors, and that ought to be a red flag he's unelectable".

The Republican voters will decide that March 18th.

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