CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has touted in his State of the State address and recent interviews how Illinois is bouncing back from recession under his watch.
But if the Democratic incumbent sees Illinois as a state on the rise, the Republicans seeking to oust him view it far differently -- as an economic basket case.
At least one candidate, businessman Bruce Rauner, trots out his own set of economic numbers to make his case. Most depict Quinn's Illinois as particularly weak.
A closer look shows that some of the economic claims made by each hold up. But others don't.
GOP candidates have all blamed Quinn for the state's economic weaknesses. But University of Illinois economist Richard Dye says a governor doesn't have much real influence over a state's economy.