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Rauner unleashes 'Quinnocchio' on Gov. Quinn

Republican Bruce Rauner, hammering Gov. Pat Quinn for his call to extend income-tax hikes, debuted a new campaign mascot to needle the governor during his stop Thursday at a North Side elementary school.

Call him “Quinnocchio,” Rauner’s answer apparently to Quinn’s “Squeezy the Python,” the cartoon character the governor created to dramatize the state’s pension problems.

Rauner campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf announced “Quinnocchio” in a press release Thursday: “Pat Quinn’s alter-ego, Quinnocchio, is making his first appearance today alongside the governor at his noon campaign stop at Linné Elementary School to remind him of his broken promises.”