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GOP candidates for Illinois governor debate in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

The four Republicans running for Illinois aren't shying away from personal jabs and controversial issues during a Chicago debate just weeks away from the primary.

The tone was combative from the start of the hour-long debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WLS-TV and Univision.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford started the debate by denying allegation of political coercion and sexual harassment in a federal lawsuit filed against him by a former employee.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard took digs at all three, including calling out state Sen. Bill Brady for losing the GOP nomination in 2010.

Businessman Bruce Rauner says he's trying to change the culture of Springfield and isn't a career politician.

The candidates also addressed gay marriage, guns and pension reform.

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