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Rauner: Quinn 'doubling down on failed policies'

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:05 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Republican nominee for governor says Pat Quinn is "doubling down on his failed policies."

Bruce Rauner did not come to Springfield for Gov. Pat Quinn's budget speech Wednesday. He issued a statement afterward that criticized the Democrat's call for extending the temporary income tax increase set to expire in 2015. Quinn also called for property-tax relief.

The businessman from suburban Chicago says Quinn first promised not to raise taxes, then said the 67 percent income tax increase adopted in 2011 would be temporary.

Rauner says that after five years with Quinn as governor, the state still has a record tax hike, high unemployment and education cuts. He says as governor he will balance the budget without tax increases by creating a "growth economy" and repairing "our broken government."

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