ROCKFORD--At the forefront of all the campaign issues heading into the Illinois primary season; jobs and a lagging state economy top the list
"As much as I respect (Wisconsin Governor) Scott Walker I want to be a very big economic competitor to him by making our economy one that is a destination economy for people who want to create jobs," Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said during his introduction of his running mate, Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) at Chicago Rockford International Airport on Tuesday.
Dillard and Tracy toured the state, just one day after Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac) announced his running mate would be north suburban attorney John Kim (R-Northbrook). It's the unofficial kickoff for election season and Republicans along the stateline back Dillard's choice.
"She's very well respected," said Senator Tim Bivins (R-Dixon). "Not only in the House, but in the Senate and many have stated that openly, so I think it was a very good choice."
"She's from downstate and we need a governor from outside of Chicago," said Representative John Cabello (R-Loves Park), who attended the gathering before announcing formal bid for re-election later Tuesday evening. "Getting away from anything Chicago is a good thing."
While jobs and economy remain major issues, Cabello warns voters.
"Hide your wallet. The state is still coming after more of your money. That's why we need more people that are going to go down there and fight to make sure that doesn't happen."In the meantime, Dillard is hoping to fill up your wallet by doing something he didn't get a chance to following an upset loss to Senator Bill Brady in the 2010 Republican Primary.
"We must must roll back the income tax increase that the democrats rammed thru at the last minute."
The income tax issues plays into balancing a state budget that is currently saddled with $7 Billion in debt.
"My family is in business and we do business in all 50 states," said Tracy. "So I can balance off what other states do and see that no doubt that Illinois policies are hindering or running businesses out of Illinois"
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