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  Rauschenberger denies he dissed Chicago
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 06, 2005 12:47pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Sun-Times
News DateSaturday, August 6, 2005 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Steve Rauschenberger said Friday that he was criticizing Chicago's one-party political culture -- not the entire city -- when he referred to it during a Downstate event earlier in the week as the "great wasteland to the north."

"I'm a big fan of Chicago," the suburban legislator said. "I'm a Chicago White Sox fan. I love the expressway systems. It's a wonderful opportunity to park on your way in each morning."

Speaking during a radio taping, the Elgin Republican also said he does not want to see former Gov. Jim Edgar get in the race, calling himself a better candidate.

"Wanting to exhume Everett Dirksen or Ronald Reagan is not a solution," Rauschenberger said. "Jim Edgar is a great guy, but I don't think he's really the best part of the algebra for the future."

Rauschenberger made his remarks at a taping of "At Issue," which airs on WBBM-AM (780) Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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