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Quinn, Rauner pulling out all tricks in race for governor

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The symbolism may have been lost for anyone traveling down 153rd Street Monday. However, two people dressed up as poultry and a guy in a Pinocchio costume were all part of the current campaign for governor of Illinois.

It started when Governor Pat Quinn's campaign sent a man to put on a chicken suit outside an Orland Park country club. As nearby lawn signs indicated, inside Republican Bruce Rauner was raising campaign cash from about 100 supporters.

Suddenly, a van dispatched by the Rauner campaign raced to the scene. First out, the costumed character they call ‘Quinn-ochio,’ soon joined by another chicken. If none of this makes any sense, FOX 32 News is here to help.

FOX 32’s Mike Flannery told consultant and former political stuntman Thom Serafin, “There are some people who would say, ‘We're tied for the worst unemployment in the Midwest. We have the lowest credit rating in America. We have the worst unfunded public employee pension liability. And these guys have mascots dressed like chickens!’"

Serafin responded, “I'd tell them, ‘Chill out!’ This is a good thing for the campaigns to be doing."

Serafin once sent a guy in a ‘Ghostbuster’ costume to the Cook County Building seeking ghost payrollers. His 'plasmatronic proton pack' beeped wildly on every floor.

“But in the end, we didn't win. But it was fun. It got everybody energized in the campaign. And it was a good symbol for television,” said Serafin.

Rauner struck first in this campaign with ‘Quinn-ochio,’ whose nose grows longer with every supposed falsehood. He recently added the Prairie Chicken, which mocks Quinn for spending $100,000 to bolster an endangered species.

The governor's campaign finally got in the game Monday, debuting its own poultry prank. A campaign press release claimed Rauner's been too chicken for over a year now to offer voters a plan for a truly balanced budget.

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