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Rauner on campaign-style tour of Illinois as 2018 race looms

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner launched a two-day tour paid for by his campaign fund on Tuesday, insisting the statewide fly around "has nothing to do with the election" even as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and his approval ratings sag.

The first-term governor started the day touring a suburban Chicago factory, where he told employees "we're working for you every day to try to help you have a better life." He then flew to Rockford and several other stops before an evening rally in Springfield. He also has five scheduled events Wednesday in southern Illinois, Quincy and Champaign.

The tour comes as Rauner's Democratic rivals have already been...