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Quinn, Rauner Prepare For Last Debate

Governor Pat Quinn prepares to debate challenger Bruce Rauner.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner debate in Chicago last week. (Associated Press)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are getting ready for their third and likely final televised debate.

Monday night's debate comes as the two candidates are locked in a neck-and-neck contest for governor.
It's being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and broadcast by WLS-TV in Chicago.
Quinn and Rauner have gotten personal and at times nasty in other candidate forums as they duel over economic plans and dispute school funding plans.
The 60-minute back-and-forth could be their last chance to make their case, hammer home themes and undercut their rival before a large television audience.
A poll released Friday by Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute suggests the race is too close to call roughly two weeks before the vote.

Meanwhile, Rauner picked up the endorsements of several newspapers over the weekend, including the Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Sun-Times.