Stage set for Illinois gubernatorial battle

By WEEK Producer

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The stage is set for what could be a vicious and expensive battle to be the next governor of Illinois.

Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn won the Democratic primary in a landslide.

On the Republican ticket, hedge-fund manager Bruce Rauner edged out State Senator Kirk Dillard.

Already looking ahead to the November election, Quinn targeted Rauner with a commercial which aired Tuesday night an hour before Rauner was announced the winner.

One of the biggest sticking points in this battle is minimum wage.

"We heard him [Rauner] last night in his own words, calling for a reduction in the minimum wage," Quinn said. "A billionaire with nine mansions calling for a reduction in the minimum wage and taking $2,000 out of the pockets of everyday people who are doing the best they can."

"I'm proud of the businesses we've built. I'm proud of the success we've brought," Rauner said. "I wanna bring that success to Springfield, run it more like a business, make it efficient, effective, transparent. Make it work for the people again."

The general election is Tuesday, November 4.

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