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Doug Finke

Lots of sound, but not much light

But at least we know what the candidates pay for haircuts

But at least we know what the candidates pay for haircuts

That first gubernatorial debate last week was quite the sight, and sound, for those who bothered to tune in.

There was a lot of sound and fury, and not so much in the way of further illuminating how anyone is really going to fix the state’s myriad problems.

And if you expect a governor to conduct himself/herself with a certain deportment, you probably didn’t get any answers, either.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker got in his themes that Gov. Bruce Rauner is a liar and a failure.

Rauner framed the campaign as being one of “taxes and corruption” and got to bring his favorite foil, House Speaker Michael Madigan, into the discussion.

Conservative Party candidate Sen. Sam McCann managed to get under Rauner’s skin, sparking the most heated exchange of the evening.

Libertarian Party candidate Kash Jackson got in a one-liner at Pritzker’s and Rauner’s expense that actually drew laughs from the audience.

But if you were hoping to hear more details of Pritzker’s graduated income tax idea, you left disappointed. If you were waiting to hear Rauner build on his reset speech of a couple of weeks ago and explain how he plans to advance his agenda with a Democrat-controlled legislature, sorry again.

There are a couple of more debates still to come. Maybe they will be more enlightening.

• “Mr. McCann has been given far too much airtime in this discussion,” Rauner said and off they went. “He is a phony candidate. He has received funding by Mike Madigan. He was put on the ballot by Mike Madigan’s attorney.”

While Rauner is saying this, McCann is saying, “Get used to it, brother. Get used to it. Get used to it. You’re a liar. You’ve been lying to people of Illinois from the very beginning. You’ve got a social agenda.”

As Rauner continued to talk, McCann concluded that the governor “is the most progressive, liberal governor the state of Illinois has ever had. You’re a liar and a thief.”

“Are you getting paid on a per-interruption basis by Madigan or in a lump sum?” Rauner asked McCann. “He has one purpose in being on that stage, to help Mr. Pritzker be victorious for Mike Madigan.”

“We’re here to take both of you out,” McCann said.

It sounds a lot more civil in print.

• Amid all of the noise, we did learn that of the four candidates, Pritzker pays the most for a haircut at $35, with a $10 tip. Jackson spends the least at $8, which he said goes up a bit with a tip. McCann pays $11 bucks in Carlinville with a $2 to $3 tip. Rauner says he pays $27 in Chicago for a cut and $13 in Springfield. Tip is extra.

For the record, Pritzker said he likes to be generous, hence the $10 tip. That drew a laugh from Rauner.

• On Friday, Rauner issued an executive order that eliminated 53 board and commissions that he said no longer served a public purpose. They’d been inactive for years, so what’s the point of keeping them? Don’t worry, though. There’s still well over 500 of them on the books so if you have a real hankering to serve on one, there’s still opportunities.

• In the Oops Department, last week’s column referred to Rep. Jeanne Ives and said she was from Waukegan. Obviously, that Democratic stronghold is not the Republican Ives’ home. It’s Wheaton. Sometimes all the cities starting with W start running together.

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