CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois voters decide Tuesday whether to give Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn four more years in office or hand control of the state to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.
The governor’s race is expected to be one of the closest in the U.S.
Combined, the candidates have spent close to $100 million as Democrats try to hold on to President Barack Obama’s home state and the GOP eyes an opportunity to pick up control of another Democratic stronghold.
Rauner is a wealthy venture capitalist from Winnetka making his first bid for public office. He used more than $25 million of his personal fortune to sell himself as an outsider.
Quinn says he’s helped Illinois move forward and the state’s unemployment rate has fallen for six straight months.