Clash on economy could determine Illinois governor

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 9:05 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on how to revive a lagging economy in one of the Midwest's last Democratic strongholds.

While the incumbent Democrat has increased taxes and pushed for raising the minimum wage, the multimillionaire Republican facing him this fall wants to curtail government unions and run President Barack Obama's home state like a business.

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) won the GOP primary Tuesday night in his first run for public office. He'll face Gov. Pat Quinn, who's seeking his second full term in November.

It's expected to be one of the hardest fought and expensive races in the nation as Republicans try to reclaim the office following more than a decade of Democrat control.

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