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Rauner Heckled in Hyde Park: 'Why Don't You Go to the Real South Side?'

By Sam Cholke | October 8, 2015 3:33pm | Updated on October 8, 2015 3:43pm

HYDE PARK — The University of Chicago's new high-tech business incubator has attracted some of Illinois' top Republicans to the notoriously progressive Hyde Park.

Sen. Mark Kirk helped open the Chicago Innovation Exchange last year.

But after Gov. Bruce Rauner joined U. of C. leaders for a tour of the new 7,000-square-foot rapid fabrication lab on Thursday, he wasn't exactly given a pleasant goodbye.

Rauner had commended the university efforts inside the building housing the lab at 1463 E. 53rd St.

“This sort of exchange is exactly the sort of thing we need in the state to ensure a prosperous future,” Rauner said. 

Later, Rauner held a press conference outside on busy 53rd Street and addressed the state budget stalemate.

Gov. Bruce Rauner was heckled by a passerby during a press conference on busy 53rd St.

But a man in the crowd then taunted and cursed at the governor.

“Why don’t you go to the real South Side?” the man yelled.

He criticized the governor’s education policy as harmful to Chicago children.

“The low income are getting f---ed,” the man yelled only a couple feet from the state's top official.

Rauner, though, didn't respond. He hopped into a waiting car, which drove away.

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