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|First Gubernatorial Candidate Visits Galesburg
|The first of a full field of candidates for Governor has made a campaign stop in Galesburg.
Republican and radio commentator Dan Proft spoke to the Governmental Affairs Task Force of the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. He's a small business owner, a former city manager in a Chicago suburb, and has worked in other forms of public service, and says he got into the race because despite popular belief, state government isn't broken, he says it's fixed to the benefit of the Chicago Democrats running government.
Proft says while he doesn't have a high opinion of the Democratic party in the state, he doesn't exactly have stellar reviews for his own party, either.
"The value proposition of my candidacy is born out of an anger and frustration for a party, my party, that has shown no willingness to fight, that has been complicit in what has gone on in Springfield for 25 years. There's some folks in this race that think the problem in Springfield is that we haven't been nice enough to Mike Madigan - that we need more civility down there."
Proft says quite the opposite. He says he sees Springfield as the place where both Republicans and Democrats agree on public policy ideas that are both, in his words, "horrendus" and "job-killing."
Proft says he wants to see the state budget balanced making a number of one-time spending cuts, including cutting the state department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in half, and selling the Illinois Lottery in such a way that the state gets money for it over several years, among other things.
(Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft, center, speaks Wednesday morning to the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Task Force. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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