GOP Gubernatorial Debate 2014, Part 2

Published 03/04 2014 11:14AM

Updated 03/06 2014 10:09AM

ILLINOIS -- Three GOP candidates for governor appeared at a debate at Champaign's I-Hotel, Monday, March 3, 2014. Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford answer the following questions.

#6 Whoever is elected governor this year will have to work with a Democratic legislature. Name one economic development proposal you could convince the legislature to pass.

#7 Colorado recently became the second state to legalize recreational marijuana. It's been reported its tax revenue has exceed what was expected. Considering Illinois has a budget problem, would you consider pushing legalized recreational marijuana use here?

#8 Illinois is home to big business. River City has Caterpillar, Champaign has Kraft, Rockford has Chrysler and Rock Island has John Deere. All of them depend on transportation. Officials from Caterpillar were recently in Washington D.C. discussing the need for better roads, bridges and infrastructure to move goods and people. The state's spending in that area is dropping. How would you respond to this issue?

#9 In recent years, the University of Illinois has been able to keep tuition hikes to around 2%. But those followed years of much larger increases and students fear those will return if the state can't find enough money for higher education. What would you do to increase state funding for higher education and make it more affordable for students?

#10 Right now, the Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit or EDGE is a key tool to job creation and retention in Illinois. But some companies have gotten millions yet don't produce or retain as many jobs as anticipated. Others threaten to leave with no help at all. Do you think tax incentives are viable for our future?

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