Illinois teachers have disagreements with both candidates… but applause levels at a joint appearance suggest they are more inclined to support Governor Pat Quinn than GOP opponent Bruce Rauner.
Quinn and Rauner both took questions from the head of the Illinois Education Association. Rauner got a lukewarm response to his call for a 401-k style retirement plan for teachers, while Quinn got big cheers when he called that “risky” and vowed it wouldn’t happen on his watch.
In other lines of attack that are likely to recur during the campaign, Rauner accused Quinn of cutting education funding when he didn’t have to. Quinn said Rauner failed to disclose his company’s connection to convicted felon Stuart Levine… and said Rauner should return fees his company got from the Teachers Retirement System.