Fixing Economy Top Priority For GOP Gov. Hopefuls

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor all say fixing the state's economic woes would be among their top priorities.

The contenders cited the economy when answering an Associated Press questionnaire about their campaign positions. Their solutions include cutting spending, lowering taxes and getting people back to work by creating a more business-friendly climate.

Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and a multibillion-dollar backlog of overdue bills. A temporary income tax hike also is set to expire, reducing revenue by about $2 billion next fiscal year.

State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner will compete in the March GOP primary.

Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn faces anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman in the Democratic primary.

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