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Republicans Face Off in Peoria

Republicans Face Off in Peoria

How hard can it be to run government like a business? It depends on which candidate for governor you ask.

“Running the state of Illinois is different than running General Motors Corporation,” says State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). “You have a board of directors of 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly, most of whom – including, sometimes, members of your own party – that don’t want you to succeed.”

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford sounds as if he agrees with Dillard, saying that in government, “You don’t have stock incentive. You can’t give employee share profit. And, by the way, you can’t give an end-of-the-year bonus.” Rutherford says the solutions are performance reviews and clear goals and standards.

Financier Bruce Rauner, the chief proponent among the Republican quartet of running government like a business, says all you have to do is look to the east for the way it’s done. “Mitch Daniels, I think, was the best governor in America when he turned Indiana around. He had extensive business experience, and he brought thirty superstars from Indiana’s business community to the state Capitol, allocated them responsibility, and had them oversee the government.”

To State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), the similarities include “being efficient, being growth oriented; and, to do so, you have to have good people working with you. You can’t have a governor who’s attacking state employees constantly. You’ve got to have a governor who can motivate those employees to do what the business world does, and get them to move that business along.”

The candidates appeared at a Peoria forum broadcast statewide over public radio and tee vee. The primary is March 18.

 

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