SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats running for governor attacked Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump but largely avoided jabs at one another during a debate in Springfield.
Presumed front-runner J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss traded barbs over familiar issues such as each one’s record on attacking a yawning pension debt in the state. But the five candidates who appeared at the University of Illinois at Springfield Wednesday night mostly stuck to stump speeches on guns, the budget, relations with the contentious Trump and the fate of state party chairman Michael Madigan.
Candidate Chris Kennedy was a late scratch. His campaign said he injured his back Wednesday and his physician advised against traveling to the capital. Bob Daiber (DYE’-bur), Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall are the other three candidates.
They face voters March 20 in a primary election to decide who among them gets a chance to replace Rauner in the November election.
Rauner is facing legislator Jeanne Ives in the GOP primary.