Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his challenger, Bruce Rauner, met for the first time this afternoon at the Illinois Education Association’s 160th Representative Assembly and annual meeting in Chicago.

The Democratic governor and his Republican oponent sat down for an hour with IEA President Cinda Klickna, who asked hard questions about everything from funding and pension reform to charter schools and the minimum wage. She asked Quinn why teachers should trust him this time around, and Rauner about his admiration for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Neither candidate was too popular with the 1,000+ educators in the room. The Chicago Teachers Union is not part of the IEA.

Catalyst live-tweeted the event from the back of the International Ballroom at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, along with several other journalists and political junkies. The following is a Storified compilation of tweets. The IEA has posted a video of the event online.

 

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Melissa Sanchez

Melissa Sanchez is a reporter for The Chicago Reporter. Email her at msanchez@chicagoreporter.com and follow her on Twitter at @msanchezMIA.

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