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Rauner talks SIU, tax plan, and re-election

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MARION, Ill. -- Tuesday morning, Governor Bruce Rauner received a big endorsement from the Illinois State Rifle Association. While he was in town, News Three talked with him about what he believes voters should know before they head to the polls. 

News Three was the only station to talk one-on-one with the Governor and he started by addressing those at SIU, hurt by the budget impasse. 

"I'll do for higher education, for our universities and community colleges, just what I've done for K-12 schools, record funding," said Rauner. 

Governor Rauner also said he'll continue to fight higher taxes by working to freeze and lower property taxes. But Rauner's campaign theme continued, saying Pritzker, the Democrats and House Speaker Mike Madigan will raise your taxes. 

"We will lose. Turn out the lights in the state of Illinois. We've had families and businesses moving out for years, that stream will turn into a flood if we have Pritzker and Madigan controlling everything again," said Rauner. 

Rauner added there's been some confusion over his stance on illegal immigration, but he says make no mistake, he's strongly against it. 

"Illegal immigration takes away union jobs, factory jobs, and farm jobs. I have prevented Illinois from becoming a sanctuary state and I have fought against sanctuary cities," said Rauner.  

But in a recent debate, his opponent, says Illinois should be a "welcoming state." 

"We need comprehensive immigration reform so that the challenge doesn't get worse, but the fact is, we have people who live in Illinois who need to be protected," said J.B. Pritzker. 

Rauner called J.B. Pritzker a "tax hiker and a tax cheat" claiming Pritzker also tried to defraud taxpayers over a $330,000 property tax reduction.

Rauner also said he'll continue the push for legislative maps to be drawn by a non-partisan coalition and term limits.  

Election Day is three weeks away, on November 6th. 

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