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GOP Governor Candidates Debate in Springfield

WGIL Newsroom . State News 169

voteSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The four Republican gubernatorial candidates say they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected, but differ on how to approach the relationship.

The candidates addressed unions, pensions and the state’s business climate in a Tuesday debate in Springfield. They are Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.

Rauner said the relationship between government and unions is among the most important issues in Illinois. He added the power of government unions needs to be tempered.

Brady says Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has failed in developing a relationship with unions.

Dillard says state government has become overly unionized, but the governor has to sit down with unions. Rutherford says there has to be a balance.

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