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Candidates step up attack ads

CHICAGO, IL (KWWL) -- The two Democratic candidates for governor in Illinois have stepped up their attacks on each other with competing television ads clearly aimed at African-American voters.

The ads began airing Thursday. The primary is February 2nd.

Hynes' one-minute ad unleashes video of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, explaining why he fired Pat Quinn as the city's revenue director in 1987.

The governor's 30 second spot blames Hynes for allegedly failing to catch the misdeeds at a historic black cemetery in Chicago's suburbs.

Both candidates deny the ads were specifically for black voters, saying they're looking to appeal to "all voters."

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