AP FACT CHECK: A look at Dem governor candidates' claims

AP FACT CHECK: A look at Dem governor candidates' claims
FILE - In this March 2, 2018 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy participates in a debate in Chicago. The nominee will face either Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner or his conservative challenger, State Rep. Jeanne Ives, in November. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)
AP FACT CHECK: A look at Dem governor candidates' claims
FILE - In this March 2, 2018 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker participates in a debate in Chicago. The nominee will face either Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner or his conservative challenger, State Rep. Jeanne Ives, in November. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2018 campaign for Illinois governor could be one of the most expensive races in the nation with several wealthy candidates spending freely to win votes.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy private equity firm founder and the only Republican holding a statewide office in left-leaning Illinois, is considered one the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.

Democrats have their own well-heeled candidates who hope to take Rauner down in J.B. Pritzker, listed by Forbes as having a net worth of $3.5 billion from his family's hotel and investments conglomerate, and Chris Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. A third leading contender of more modest means is state Sen. Daniel Biss.

They have tangled in the run-up to the Illinois primary on March 20. Pritzker has put more than $60 million in his campaign fund and says he's best positioned to beat Rauner. Kennedy has criticized the Democratic establishment, while Biss styles himself the "middle class candidate."

Some of their recent comments merit a closer look. Here's a look at remarks each made at a recent debate in Chicago:

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