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    Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner took on new challenges as the race for governor continues. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014)

    The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges.

    Rauner made good on his promise to invest in the South Side, depositing $1 million of his own money at a credit union in the area Friday.

    “This is an important part of Chicago, it’s under served,” Rauner said.

    “It’s good to make investments,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “The bottom line though is what are your policies?”

    It’s the latest move by Rauner as the race for governor, and campaign ad war, heats up in Illinois.

    The latest ads show Quinn apparently mowing his own lawn and, after admitting he belongs to a $140,000 wine club, Rauner was seen showing off a 20-year-old van.

    Rauner criticized Quinn Friday for flying to Springfield at taxpayer expense, even driving his old Volkswagen van to a campaign event Friday afternoon.

    “That van is going to be with me in Springfield,” Rauner said. “I’m going to use it a lot.”

    NBC 5 Investigates filed a Freedom of Information request with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and found that Rauner and his wife Diana currently have seven vehicles registered in Illinois.

    Those vehicles include:

    • 2012 Volkswagen 4-door sedan
    • 2012 Ford Edge
    • 2003 Jeep
    • 1993 Volkswagen van
    • 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle
    • 1995 BMW motorcycle
    • 2009 trailer for hauling a motorcycle

    The two candidates continue to battle over minimum wage.

    Quinn has been living on minimum wage for the last week, a move critics have called a campaign stunt, and Rauner has been left to explain past claims that he favors eliminating the minimum wage.

    “I didn’t speak thoughtfully or thoroughly about minimum wage in the past,” Rauner said. “My mistake. I have a plan now to raise the minimum wage.”