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GOP candidates' plans to improve economy

CHAMPAIGN -- Business leaders are looking to Republicans to help get the state back on track. To help you make your decision, WCIA-3 hosted a live debate Monday night with three candidates for governor.
CHAMPAIGN -- Business leaders are looking to Republicans to help get the state back on track. To help you make your decision, WCIA-3 hosted a live debate Monday night with three candidates for governor. We are your Local Election Headquarters.

Each of them had ideas for different plans. Some of them were more detailed than others, but they came out of the gate ready to talk about why they were the best candidate and their opponents were not. Whoever wins the Republican ticket will have a tough task to take on revitalizing the state's economy.

State Senator Kirk Dillard plans to put together a team the day after he's elected.

"We are going to have a panel of business people and we are going to overhaul from top to bottom our state's archaic and over-regulated tax system and regulatory system in the state of Illinois," said Dillard.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's plan includes putting his lieutenant governor in charge of job creation and retention.

"Everyone's going to do their job, whether it's in the Department of Aging, the Department of Natural Resources, revenue, whatever. But in addition to that, they're going to be responsible to me to use their agency to help create a job and retain a job," said Rutherford.

State Senator Bill Brady says he wants to cut taxes to bring businesses back.

"We can't have a government that takes money out of the pockets of businesses and families, if we're going to rebuild our economy and consumer confidence for businesses and consumers. We also need a governor who will draw the line in the sand and balance the budget," said Brady.

With two weeks before decision day, Republican voters have some time to think about who they want representing them.

There is a fourth candidate for the Republican ticket: businessman Bruce Rauner. He was invited to the debate. The other candidates made it clear they didn't appreciate the fact that he didn't show up.
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