Illinois' gubernatorial candidates are focusing on women voters and casting early ballots with less than two weeks to the election.
Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign hosted feminist activist Gloria Steinem Friday, while Rauner was to headline an early voting rally in suburban Chicago.
Steinem called Quinn the "the most pro-woman governor" in America. The 80-year-old Steinem is recognized as a leader of the women's liberation movement and was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine.
"We absolutely must not lose (Quinn)," STeinem said. "We must not lose him. The Midwest leads the nation and we have to lead them into the future by returning him to the governor's seat."
Both campaigns have made big efforts to reach women voters.
It's one of the most competitive governor's races nationwide and women are a critical voting bloc, particularly in suburban Chicago.
Rauner has touted his lieutenant governor running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, while campaigning.
Recently his wife, Diana Rauner, has appeared in campaign ads and today gave an interview to NBCChicago.
"I think bruce as a pro-choice social moderate who is passionate about education is actually an ideal candidate for women," she said." He is someone they can trust on social issues and yet they genuinely know he cares about their families, including the economy of our state. He really is the change agent and I think we see that everybody needs change."