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Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner over Quinn in Illinois governor's race


CHICAGO — Republican businessman Bruce Rauner has picked up more newspaper endorsements in his bid for Illinois governor.

The Belleville News Democrat, (Champaign) News Gazette and the (Peoria) Journal Star endorsed Rauner over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in editorials published on Sunday.

Rauner also was endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times in an editorial published online on Saturday, and also has been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business and the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.

The newspapers say Quinn tried to make the state better and can point to some achievements. All cite Illinois' unfunded pension liability and worst-in-the-nation credit rating as reasons for choosing Rauner, a successful businessman.

The newspapers say Rauner has the best chance of fixing the state's problems.

Quinn has said it's more important to get voters' endorsement.

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