Quinn, Rauner Make Twin Cities Appearances

Published 06/05 2014 06:08PM

Updated 06/05 2014 06:57PM

NORMAL - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is using the Twin Cities as a backdrop to sign "life-saving" legislation.

Quinn took the stage at a firefighters’ convention Thursday to voice his support for a new bill.

Named after a student, Lauren Laman, who collapsed during a drill practice, it will help teach all high schoolers CPR and how to use an automatic defibrillator.

Quinn says kids need to be ready to respond in an emergency and the ability to save just one life makes it worthwhile.

"People all over the state understand that taking a few minutes in the course of a class year at a high school is a very important way to help
students learn together for something important that'll make a difference for the rest of their lives,” said Quinn.

Meanwhile, Quinn’s Republican opponent in the governor's race, Bruce Rauner, stopped by STL Office Solutions in Bloomington.

He toured the facility, met with employees and learned how the company has grown. Rauner says businesses like STL can help inspire the whole state.

"It's very encouraging for entrepreneurs and companies to grow. We need to reduce the regulatory burden, the tax burden and create an environment that's very supportive and conducive to the entrepreneurial businesses to grow. STL is one and it's terrific to be able to visit with them here in Bloomington,” said Rauner.

Rauner spent the rest of his afternoon visiting other businesses around the Twin Cities area. He says he's working to cover the whole state before the election.

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