Gubernatorial candidate has stops in area

CHAMPAIGN — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will bring his "Shake Up Springfield" bus tour to parts of East Central Illinois, including Champaign and Urbana, on Friday.

The wealthy Chicago businessman started his tour earlier this week in southern Illinois.

Rauner's Friday schedule includes:

7:45 a.m. — Downtown Caf; 217 N. Main St., Decatur

9 a.m. — Decatur Civic Center; 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur

10:45 a.m. — CHI Overhead Doors; 1485 Sunrise Drive, Arthur

12:20 p.m. — Candy Kitchen; 101 W. Sale St., Tuscola

3:00 p.m. — Merry Ann's Diner; 1 E. Main St., Champaign

4:30 p.m. — TCT Construction; 805 E. Perkins Road, Urbana

5:45 p.m. — Farren's Pub; 308 N. Randolph St., Champaign

Rauner's Republican opponents in the March 18 primary election include State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale.

Last week Rauner's campaign disclosed that it raised $4 million in the October through December quarter, including about $1 million from the venture capitalist candidate himself.

"With national Democrats and government union bosses gearing up to try to hijack the Republican primary, I'm confident we will have the resources to fight back," he said. "Republicans, Democrats and government union bosses all know we are the only campaign that can go toe-to-toe with Pat Quinn and the special interests who control state government and win."

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