John Gregory -- Illinois Radio Network

Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election is getting support from former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton appeared Tuesday with Quinn at Wheatland Tube, a metal tube manufacturer in Chicago, calling the facility proof that Quinn has helped turn around the state’s economic situation. When talking about the work of his nonprofit foundation, Clinton even took a dig at Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.

“I have created—unlike his opponent—couple of thousand jobs for my foundation, and my farming programs in very poor people have created thousands and thousands of jobs,” Clinton said

Besides the state’s falling unemployment rate, Clinton cited Quinn’s focus on education as a reason why he’s supporting Quinn’s campaign. He warned that Republican candidates in this year’s election may want a return to the “trickle-down” economic policies of the 1980s, which Clinton says were discredited by his presidency.

While Clinton campaigned for Quinn in Chicago, Rauner held rallies in Colona, Morton, and Rockford to encourage participation in early voting.


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