Rauner stumps in Edgar County
PARIS — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said he would work to keep PCBs and other hazardous wastes out of the Clinton landfill in DeWitt County.
"The reality is we can't have our water supplies for our communities put at risk where PCBs can get into them. That's not an option. We can't allow that to happen," Rauner said after a brief campaign stop at Joe's Pizza in the Edgar County seat 60 miles southeast of Champaign-Urbana.
The Peoria-based owners of the Clinton landfill are seeking regulatory approval to dispose of PCBs at the facility, which is located over the Mahomet Aquifer, the water source for Champaign-Urbana and dozens of other central Illinois communities.
Asked about the chemical waste unit already at the landfill, Rauner said, "I have to learn more about it but I'd be troubled. There are places we can put this waste. There are ways to properly handle hazardous waste. We can do better."
Also Wednesday, Rauner said he was unfamiliar with his campaign's announcement that he had confirmed to appear at eight forums — but only three public debates with Quinn — before the Nov. 4 election.
Quinn campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson charged that by "limiting the number of debates to a paltry three, he is hiding from a transparent airing of his views and plans for Illinois."
Anderson said the Quinn campaign had committed to 11 debates, including an Oct. 7 at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
Rauner said his campaign staff was handling the debate arrangements, not him. "The team's kinda handling the logistics of that," he said. "But I want to make sure we're with Quinn in front of people a lot."
During an energetic speech to about 75 supporters, Rauner pledged to not cut education spending, to trim taxes and to live in the governor's mansion in Springfield.
"I'll tell you another thing I'm going to do, I'm actually going to move into the governor's residence," he said to a burst of applause. "Our current governor's taken care of that governor's residence about as well as he's taken care of our economy. He's let it deteriorate. We're not going to let that happen."
Rauner also that "Pat Quinn thinks we can tax our way out of our problems. Not possible. We can't keep raising taxes on our families in Illinois and solve our problems. Not possible We need to grow and keep taxes low and fair."
And he promised not to cut spending on education.
"Pat Quinn's cut over half a billion dollars out of our schools while he was raising taxes. I won't cut education. I'll increase education," Rauner said. "That's the most important thing we do as a community."