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Gov. Quinn, Rauner already at each other's throats

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Two candidates for governor didn't spend much time celebrating their victories in last night's primary election.

Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner were up early Wednesday already waging what could become the most expensive political battle in Illinois history.

The Democratic Unity Breakfast featured scrambled eggs on plastic plates at the ostentatiously downscale Billy Goat tavern. The equally upscale Union League Club was where Republicans served their Unity lunch. They complained about Gov. Quinn using economic wedge issues, such as a proposal to raise the minimum wage.

"He's trying to divide higher income folks from lower income folks. He's trying to divide small business owners from workers and employees. He's trying to divide the City of Chicago from the rest of the state," said Rauner.

The governor saw hypocrisy in the Republican charges of "class warfare."

"A billionaire calling for a cut in the minimum wage, that's class warfare. And we're not gonna let him get away with it," said Gov. Quinn. "We're battling for the soul of Illinois. And the other side has an extreme agenda that is mean-spirited."

Appearing live on Good Day Chicago, Rauner said as governor he could support a minimum wage increase, if other costs on employers were cut to stimulate the creation of new jobs.

"If we have workers comp reform, tort reform and tax reform, combined with a minimum wage increase, it won't kill businesses," Rauner added.

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