Bruce Rauner has problems with the ties to Chicago of Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas. Rauner is trying to portray Vallas as a machine politician, due to his former tenure as the chief executive of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001.
“My big issue with Paul Vallas is we already have too much influence of Chicago politicians in Springfield,” Rauner said. “Paul comes out of the Daley administration.”
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While Vallas did work under former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, he no longer lives in Chicago, he graduated from Western Illinois University, and he lived in Springfield for 13 years. He believes Rauner is focusing on political attacks rather than policy questions.
“I see a Rauner commercial coming,” Vallas said.
All four candidates on the Democrat and Republican tickets live in the Chicago area: Vallas in Palos Heights, Rauner in Winnetka, Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago, and Republican lieutenant governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti in Wheaton.