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GOP governor candidates debate economic issues

Posted by wlpo on January 24, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – How to run the state of Illinois more like a business is among the topics at a Republican gubernatorial debate in Peoria.

It’s the second time in as many weeks that all four candidates have shared a stage.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says he’d use his experience working as Gov. Jim Edgar’s chief of staff if he is elected.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner says he’d bring business discipline to the governor’s office. He says government workers should be given incentives and merit pay.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa wants an annual performance review for the governor.

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says he would look for efficiencies while being “growth orientated.”

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