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    Illinois Governor Candidates Keep Low Profile Days Before Election

    As voters head to the polls in just four days -- the most expensive contest ever in Illinois is up for grabs. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Friday, March 16, 2018)

    As voters head to the polls in just four days -- the most expensive contest ever in Illinois is up for grabs.

    And on a day usually busy with public appearances, both the Democratic and Republican frontrunners in the race for governor kept a low profile.

    Chris Kennedy spent the morning walking 95th Street, giving attention to an area often neglected.

    "The governor has walked away from the problems of the city," he said.

    Daniel Biss stood in front of Trump Tower, linking his opponents JB Pritzker and Kennedy's refusal to release all of their income taxes--just as President Donald Trump did.

    "This didn't feel complicated to you guys in 2016 when you went on, and on, and on, about how Donald Trump should do just that," Biss said. "Why the double standard?"

    Pritzker -- still refusing to take questions about the Chicago Tribune report on his off shore investments--let his TV ad war do the talking.

    For Kennedy, politics is certainly in the family genes.

    While Kennedy was not yet five years old when his father Robert was shot, he waited until his children were older to run his first campaign.

    "I don't think I would have been comfortable putting them at risk of losing a parent at a young age like I was," he said.

    The walk was also his way of honoring his father's last words before he was shot after declaring victory in the California primary.

    "My thanks to all of you, and now on to Chicago and let's win there," Robert Kennedy said at the time.

    Chris Kennedy said those words are meaningful to him.

    "I'm glad to be in Chicago today," he said.

    Where does it all stand? Insiders believe Kennedy is surging--however, Pritzker has the advantage. This race is tough to call with so many undecided.

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