|A Republican candidate for Governor in the March primary election says he wants to help Galesburg and the state build on some of its important strengths if elected.
State Senator Kirk Dillard campaigned in town Saturday despite the snow, speaking to a small group gathered at Spudo's on North Henderson Street. Dillard says agriculture and rail are very important to Galesburg, and says he wants to see how he can expand jobs in both areas -- especially ag -- if elected.
Dillard tells WGIL he wants to do something Governor Pat Quinn won't.
"It is time we have a Governor that announces to the United States and the world that Illinois is once again open for business," Dillard said. "We've had two Governors who sometimes demonize business, who don't allow what their Democrat allies in Springfield realize that sometimes lower taxes -- in fact, all times lower taxes -- lead to a more vibrant economy."
Dillard also reacted to news that Sears would be closing its Galesburg store at Sandburg Mall in Mid-May, cutting mostly 46 full-time jobs, saying it's sad such a retailer had to make such a move.
Three out of the four GOP Governor hopefuls have now stopped in Galesburg -- Dillard, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and State Senator Bill Brady. Businessman Bruce Rauner has yet to make a publicly-announced appearance in the region..
(State Senator Kirk Dillard is joined by State Rep. Don Moffitt during a campaign stop Saturday at Spudo's in Galesburg. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)