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Jeanne Ives cancels fundraiser speech by man who claims white superiority

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during a January 2014 news conference in Chicago. Ives, who is challenging Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary, will be at a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at The Lincoln Inn, 240 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb
State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during a January 2014 news conference in Chicago. Ives, who is challenging Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary, will be at a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at The Lincoln Inn, 240 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

WOODSTOCK (AP) – An Illinois legislator challenging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP nomination canceled a fundraising speech by a man who contends whites are intellectually superior to African-Americans.

Republican governor challenger Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton scheduled Bill Whittle to address a fundraiser Thursday in McHenry County. The Chicago Tribune reports her decision to cancel the speech came at the urging of state Senate GOP leader Bill Brady and other members of the legislature.

In 2016, Whittle expressed support of a concept there is a correlation between IQ, race and crime, and places African-Americans at a lower level than whites.

Ives' campaign said it was unaware of Whittle's previous remarks.

Rauner campaign spokesman Will Allison said the controversy "just shows how unelectable Rep. Ives really is."

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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