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Quinn, Rauner Address Students at NextGen Conference

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    The republican candidate for governor addressed a group of millenials, individuals ranging in age from 18-34, about his race to win the state governorship. Governor Pat Quinn spoke to the same group later in the day. (Published Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014)

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have made their case to become Illinois' next governor before a crowd of about 1,500 younger voters.

    The candidates separately addressed what's billed as the first statewide convention for millennials. Attendees ranged in age from late teens to about 34.
    Organizers say the Saturday event was intended to increase millennials' political involvement. Turnout among the age group has historically been low.
    Rauner told the crowd their generation will suffer most from failed policies in Springfield, such as budget deficits. His speech was briefly interrupted when six attendees held up signs that read "Rauner's policies are bad for IL."
    Quinn reminded the audience he wants to raise the minimum wage and signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.