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Rauner pops by Rotary in Dixon

Republican candidate speaks at luncheon

DIXON – Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, made a stop in Dixon on Monday afternoon.

The wealthy private-equity investor from Winnetka won the GOP primary in March; he is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the Nov. 4 general election.

Rauner spoke at the Dixon Rotary Club’s luncheon as the guest of state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, who said although the Rotary isn’t a political organization, he thought members could benefit from getting to know Rauner.  

Rauner talked about the four things he wants to focus on if elected: “More jobs, lower taxes, better schools, and term limits.”

“Those are the four things I want to get done,” he said. “I’m going to focus like a laser on those four things.”

The race for governor could become a national race, Rauner said, because Illinois has become the “national headquarters for big, bad government” and because there’s a lot at stake for Illinois families.

During a question-and-answer session, Rauner touched on the following topics, among others, and said:

• The high cost of workers’ compensation is the No. 1 problem facing the state and is pushing employers to move jobs to neighboring states such as Indiana and Wisconsin.

• The state has a unique opportunity for growth in the technology industry, with the work being done at the University of Illinois’ computer sciences department and some technology companies based in Chicago and Urbana.

“We could be thriving and booming in the technology sector if we made it a priority to create an environment for technology companies,” he said.

• There’s potential for an economic boom in the southern third of the state when it comes to energy development. The government has been hostile to that idea so far, but energy development can be be explored while still protecting the environment.

“I believe we should aggressively, responsibly pursue that.”

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