GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Meet for Second Debate

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- How to run the state of Illinois more like a business is among the topics at a Republican gubernatorial debate in Peoria.

It's the second time in as many weeks that all four candidates have shared a stage.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says he'd use his experience working as Gov. Jim Edgar's chief of staff if he is elected.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner says he'd bring business discipline to the governor's office. He says government workers should be given incentives and merit pay.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa wants an annual performance review for the governor.

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says he would look for efficiencies while being "growth orientated."

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- The state's Republican gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on whether gambling should be expanded in Illinois.

The four contenders spoke at a forum Thursday evening in Peoria that lasted an hour and a half.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner says local governments should be in control of gambling expansion.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington want to make sure the horse-racing industry is protected if lawmakers approve any additional casinos.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa says he'd be open to discuss gambling expansion but said that any package must have appropriate oversight.

Rauner has used his hefty war chest to broadcast his positions on the airwaves. The other three candidates have used a series of debates to reach potential voters.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- The question of assuring equitable school funding across the state is being debated at a forum for Republican candidates for governor.

The four bidders are squaring off at a forum hosted by Illinois Public Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he's in favor of individual districts having more local control over how tax dollars are used.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard says Chicago Public Schools have too much clout in Springfield.

State Sen. Bill Brady wants to eliminate the state board of education. He says he'll cut red tape and reduce mandates.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner says the current school-funding formula needs to be more equitable between rich and poor districts as well as urban and rural districts.