Illinois governor calls rival ‘trust fund baby’
CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker as a “trust fund baby” and a tax cheat as the GOP incumbent fights a tough battle for a second term.
Rauner and Pritzker met Wednesday for their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor’s race. It comes as polls show Pritzker, the billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, with a sizable lead over the multimillionaire former businessman.
Rauner hit Pritzker for ripping the toilets out of a home to get a $330,000 property tax break. A Cook County inspector general called the move a “scheme to defraud taxpayers.”
Pritzker blasted Rauner for covering up a deadly Legionnaires disease outbreak at a veterans’ home. He says Rauner failed to protect veterans in his care, leading to 14 deaths and sickening many more.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker will face off in their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor’s race.
Wednesday’s debate at ABC7 in Chicago comes as polls show Pritzker with a sizable lead over the first-term incumbent.
Rauner has been attacking Pritzker for ripping the toilets out of a home to get a $330,000 property ta break _ a move the Cook County inspector general recently called a “scheme to defraud taxpayers.” Pritzker says he’s repaying the money and that the confidential report was leaked for political purposes.
Conservative Party candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson are on the November ballot but weren’t allowed to participate Wednesday because they didn’t reach a 10 percent polling threshold set by the debate hosts.