Rauner opens South Side campaign office

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Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner opened a new field office Friday on Chicago’s South Side.

Rauner showed up Friday late afternoon to shake hands and greet residents.

The Chatham neighborhood opening highlights Rauner’s accusations that Gov. Pat Quinn has neglected minority areas. But the day’s festivities come in the midst of controversy surrounding one of Rauner’s former business executives indicted this week by a federal grand jury for defrauding investors out of millions while at the helm of one of his investment firms.

“When the wrongdoing of those employees came up, they were immediately fired,” Rauner said. “The company cooperated with the investigation.”

Nonetheless, Quinn’s campaign questioned his actions. “If Bruce Rauner’s not going to take responsibility for what happens at his businesses, what exactly is he going to take responsibility for?” Brooke Anderson, a spokesperson for Quinn’s campaign, said.

Rauner said he plans to be at the new South Side campaign office regularly. He is encouraging residents to volunteer to help drive people to the polls for the upcoming election.

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