Running for governor should not be a game of chicken.

It’s a waste of time and an insult to a voter’s intelligence.

Yet there was Bruce Rauner, the GOP candidate for governor, with his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, posing with three caged soon-to-be roasted hens. An optic — yet another — offered this time to demonstrate how the state has allegedly wasted money to fly prairie chickens into Illinois at taxpayer expense.          

Except it’s not true.

A combination of federal species preservation grant money and fees from hunting licenses paid for the effort to keep Illinois prairie chickens from extinction.        

Who cares?

Chickens are an easy and cheesy way to dumb down a complex conversation.

 

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