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Rauner, Ives take shots at each other at GOP luncheon

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CARTERVILLE --Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and his primary challenger Jeanne Ives continued to take shots at each other Saturday at the Williamson County Republican Women's Lincoln Day Luncheon.

Ives said Rauner betrayed Illinois conservatives by signing what she called liberal legislation, including taxpayer funds to pay for abortions and making Illinois a sanctuary state.

"For the last three year he's lied to everybody about everything," said Ives. "You can't trust him for another four years."

Rauner said Ives is the one who is not telling the truth. 

"Let me be crystal clear: I am adamantly against Illegal immigration," said Rauner. "I would never allow Illinois to become a sanctuary."

For much of the day the topic centered around one person: House Speaker Mike Madigan

As the candidates stressed the importance of replacing longtime house speaker Mike Madigan, Gov. Rauner said he's the only Republican candidate who can lead that movement.

"Democrats want Madigan gone almost as much as Republicans do and this is the time we can bring people together," said Rauner. "This is the time for a revolution. The people of Illinois stand together and say no more corrupt Chicago political machine."

But Ives claims Rauner had given in to Madigan in the past and would continue to if re-elected.

A poll released last month showed Rauner ahead in the primary race by more than 40 points, but a Public Policy Polling survey last week found only 26 percent of Illinoisans have a favorable view of the governor

Illinois primaries will take place March 20.

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