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Quinn, Rauner Square Off in Second Debate

Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner greet before a debate in Chicago Tuesday.

Illinois gubernatorial candidates Republican Bruce Rauner, left, and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn greet before a debate at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner continue to battle over what's best for Illinois’ future.   The top candidates debated for the second time Tuesday night in Chicago.

The focus of last night’s debate was mostly African-American voters - and the issues they’ll be thinking about in the polling booth next month.

And it’s obvious that both candidates on stage at the DuSable Museum at the Museum of African American History realize the importance of tallying up those votes.

"My investments and my donations to the African American community have totaled 10s of millions of dollars," said Rauner.

"We’ve opened up the doors to many more contracts - I think it’s up to 1000 contracts, for African-American owned businesses," said Quinn.

Both candidates also wasted no time trying to cut their opponent down to size.

"My opponent had 51 executives in his company - no African Americans, not one," said Quinn

"Pat Quinn is taking the African-American vote for granted, he’s talking but not delivering results," said Rauner.

Questions from the panel of journalists zeroed in on crime, jobs, gun control, the minimum wage and education.