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Republican Gubernatorial primary debate to business community: Can any candidate close the deal?

by Taryn Galbreath
Feb 4, 2014


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Businessman Sean Hastings, attended the debate for his wife, a business owner. Hastings' wife owns a new business called, Loyal Joe.  After the debate, Hastings shared that the most important thing for a new candidate is to be able to work well with others.  "Just as we're seeing in all politics right now--I don't think you can ram anything home at all.  Nowadays you can't use your power to get anything done." Hastings said. "I think you have to use your power to influence others to buy into your idea -- and then push it forward.  -- And I'm not exactly sure that some of the candidates exhibited that type of mentality today."

With the primary elections one month away, the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Valley Industrial Association host a debate for Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidates.  The goal of this debate is give business owners and workers an opportunity to put Sen. Bill Brady, Sen. Kirk Dillard, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and businessman Bruce Rauner to the test regarding jobs and their plans for a sustainable economy in Illinois.