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GOP candidates blast Quinn on budget speech delay

NAPERVILLE (AP) — Treasurer Dan Rutherford is the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who doesn't object to Gov. Pat Quinn wanting to delay his budget address.

Rutherford told The Associated Press Tuesday that the address has been pushed back before.

Quinn wants to move it from Feb. 19 to March 26, which falls after the March 18 primary. The Democrat faces one primary challenger.

The three other Republican candidates criticized Quinn for the request after a debate in suburban Chicago.

Sen. Bill Brady says the reason it's being moved is political. Sen. Kirk Dillard says Quinn has to address the expiring income tax increase. In a statement, businessman Bruce Rauner's spokesman says moving it shows failed leadership.

Quinn's request needs lawmaker approval. A spokeswoman says Quinn wants time to prepare a five-year blueprint.

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