GOP Gubernatorial Debate 2014, Part 1

Published 03/04 2014 10:29AM

Updated 03/06 2014 10:08AM

ILLINOIS -- Three GOP candidates for governor appeared at a debate at Champaign's I-Hotel, Monday, March 3, 2014. Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford answer the following questions.

#1 CEO's have ranked Illinois low, near the bottom if not the bottom for its business climate. What can you do in your first 100 days that will tell companies Illinois is open for business?

#2 Rockford is a city where unemployment is now approaching 15%. Decatur and Danville are both hovering near 14%. Peoria's rate is 10%. Taking into consideration a federal government report which stated raising the minimum wage would cost jobs but lift many out of poverty, what's the highest minimum wage you would accept as governor of Illinois?

#3 According to the most recent info from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois ranks dead last in America in the percentage the state pays into K-12 education. Dead last. All around we see schools struggling, closing, laying off teachers, cutting programs. Instead of pitching in more, during fiscal year 2013, the Board of Education says the state cut nearly a billion dollars more ($861 million). Is dead last in America in state funding acceptable to you? If not, how will you change it?

#4 A new report shows Illinois farms are fewer, but bigger. What plans do you have for the business of agriculture in our state? What incentives would you provide enticing younger farmers to enter the field of agriculture and stay there?

#5 Businesses feel trapped by concealed-carry; do they or don't they allow guns into their stores or businesses? The decision that could cost them customers either way. Would you change the law and if so, how do you address their concerns?

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