Gov. Rauner visits Rockford's Ingersoll Machine Tools

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made a visit to the Forest City on Tuesday afternoon to tour Ingersoll Machine Tools and chat with employees about his proposed budget plan.

"Ingersoll is held back by high taxes and high regulations,” Rauner said.

The governor toured Ingersoll Machine Tools and talked with employees about his fiscal 19 budget plan that gives more control of property taxes to local homeowners to help lower property taxes, and includes a billion dollar income tax cut.

“The way to balance our budget isn't to raise taxes it's lower taxes and grow more jobs,” said Rauner.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives says Rauner has overspent too much to be able to come to a balanced budget.

“We're going to go after the budget and go to the fine points and make sure that things are done in the right way,” said gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives.

Rauner says Ives didn't want to increase the property tax exemption that would lower property taxes, siding with speaker of the house Mike Madigan.

“She said she wouldn’t roll back the Madigan income tax hike now. Our taxes are too high. That’s not right,” said Rauner.

But Ives says she's not as close with Madigan like some may believe.

“I'm very adversarial to Mike Madigan. Here's what Bruce Rauner's doing, when he can't run to his record, he tries to destroy my record with lies,” said Ives.

One thing both Rauner and Ives agree on is that the high taxes in Illinois are forcing people out of state.

“People want somebody that will lead the revolt to make the changes occur so we don't have people leaving the state of Illinois. I'm going to do that,” said Ives.

“In the last year Illinois lost 9,000 good jobs. I want to change that,” said Rauner.

Illinois voters will be able to cast their vote for governor two weeks from today on March 20th.