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I-Team: Quinn guard orders Rauner photog to 'stay out' of public event

The I-Team reports on a nasty moment between one of Quinn's bodyguards and a young photographer working for Bruce Rauner.
In the campaign for governor, the I-Team reports on a nasty moment between one of Gov. Pat Quinn's state bodyguards and a young photographer working for Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

Illinois has a rich history of campaign shenanigans. This installment has a Quinn man ordering a Rauner operative to "stay out" of a public event in Chicago.

Rauner's people say the young man was simply there to record the event, something all candidates do. Gov. Quinn insiders say that Rauner deployed eight staffers there on Tuesday to instigate and disrupt.

By the time the governor spoke, a Rauner videographer who was there to record the opponent, was not- despite it being a public event on public property.

It is still not clear why this Quinn state police trooper on his security detail found it necessary to remove the young man from the proceedings.

Quinn campaign sources provided photos that appear to show numerous Rauner campaign "trackers," as they are known, and two masked guests that an I-Team camera shot, have become regular attendees at Quinn appearances.

Quinn's people say these photos show Rauner campaign workers trying to block the governor's state vehicle.

Rauner campaign officials deny any wrongdoing and say they regularly allow Quinn trackers into events, although the governor's people say that isn't true.

A Rauner event was also held Tuesday night in Downers Grove, and attendees were requested not to post the information to social media because it said Quinn trackers might find out and show up to disrupt the event.

Rauner campaign manager Chip Englander said in a statement Tuesday night: "Campaign videographers are commonplace, especially at public events on public property. We treat the governor's campaign videographers with respect and we expect nothing less from the governor. Earlier today, a member of Governor Quinn's taxpayer funded security verbally assaulted and physically removed a young member of the Rauner team from a public event being held on public property. The stress of multiple criminal investigations does not excuse the behavior of Governor Quinn and his staff."

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