GOP gubernatorial hopeful State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) released details about his economic blueprint for Illinois on Tuesday.
His proposal to boost Illinois' economy includes getting rid of the state's estate tax as well as the five percent utility levy for manufacturers. Dillard said he also wants to make changes to workers’ compensation, give tax credits to firms to help spur the creation of "good-high paying jobs", and have the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity operated through a partnership between government and private sector companies.
Dillard added that he would like to freeze the implementation of any new state health care orders for two years, given the issues with the Affordable Care Act. The state senator said Obamacare “has killed our economy nationally," adding that he wants to set up a review of how employers and the state have fared as a result of the federal health care reform law before moving ahead with other “roadblocks to job creation.”
The four Illinois GOP gubernatorial hopefuls will take part in a televised debate Tuesday evening, which is being held by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy and will air on NBC 5 at 6 p.m. Check back with Progress Illinois for coverage on the debate.