Gov. Pat Quinn won't debate his lone Democratic challenger ahead of next month's primary. Activist Tio Hardiman wrote Quinn a letter requesting debates ahead of March 18, saying the public "deserves a serious debate." Quinn campaign spokeswoman Leslie Wertheimer says no debates were to "take place." Hardiman faces an uphill battle. Records for the most recent quarter show Quinn's campaign has $4.5 million in the bank, compared with $550 for Hardiman, who's mostly self-financed. He's been active in anti-violence efforts, but doesn't have statewide name recognition or party backing. Hardiman insists he'll run a credible campaign. The Republican gubernatorial candidates are participating in numerous debates. They are Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd), businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.
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