Republican candidates discuss issues at luncheon

By Beau Ebenezer

February 8, 2014 Updated Feb 9, 2014 at 12:08 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates got a chance to outline their agendas Saturday during a luncheon in Bloomington.

State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard spoke at the event while Businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford had their lieutenant governors sit in for them.

Brady and Dillard both said job creation is number one on their list.

They both agreed tax cuts would help.

"Our taxes are too high," said Dillard. "No state has ever taxed its way into prosperity. We need to figure out how we roll back the democrats' 67% income tax, which immediately led to a 1% increase in unemployment in Illinois."

"We need someone who will bring about work-place reforms like workers comp," said Brady. "We need someone who will bring education reform. I've called for abolishing the State Board of Education to bring in things that meet the best interest of the student."

Meanwhile, Rutherford and Rauner are in the center of an ongoing scandal.

Rutherford's office is investigating allegations an employee made against him.

The Illinois Review website published a resignation letter from the employee last week, which said Rutherford sexually harassed him or her and used his state office as a political "campaign arm".

Rutherford has accused Rauner of being behind the complaint.

Rauner claims he has nothing to do with it.

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