Gov. Pat Quinn has called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) to "come out of the gopher hole" and commit to debates ahead of the general election.
Quinn's campaign says the Chicago Democrat has confirmed his appearance at eight debates and forums ahead of the Nov. 4 election along with a ninth potential venue. Rauner's campaign says the businessman plans to appear at a number of debates and will announce those dates "soon."
Quinn told reporters Monday that debates are voters' best chance to see candidates side by side on the issues.
Rauner participated in fewer debates than his GOP opponents ahead of the four-way March primary, something that prompted criticism from those challenging him.
Quinn is seeking a second full term. This is Rauner's first run for public office.