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Bruce Rauner Lays Out His Plans for Farmers

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 10:50 PM CDT

Farmers from around the state want to know what Bruce
Rauner will do to improve the agriculture industry if he's elected the
state's governor.

The republican gubernatorial candidate made a campaign stop at a farm in rural Lincoln today to talk about everything ag.

We spoke with farmers from around the state who say their biggest
governmental concerns are regulatory issues and infrastructure.

Bruce Rauner says if he takes the state's top job, he'll make Illinois' number one industry a priority.

Many farmers are fed up with Illinois government.

"Illinois is in terrible, terrible condition and this may be our last great hope," said Coles County farmer, Tom Donnell.

"You can hear about other companies saying we'll just move out of
the state to avoid the taxes or to avoid the regulations, well as
farmers, we can't do that. We cant pick up our fields and move out of
the state," said Donna Jescke, Grundy County farmer.

That's what awaited republican candidate for governor, Bruce
Rauner, as he met with dozens of farmers and agriculture leaders at a
farm in rural Lincoln.

"Our government in Springfield is not working for you. It's not
working for any of the families of our state. We got to turn it around,"
Rauner said.

Rauner says an investment needs to be made in state infrastructure so farmers can ship product efficiently.

"So we've got world class roads, locks and dams, bridges."

Rauner addressed what is a huge issue for farmers in Illinois--real estate taxes.

"Real estate taxes are out of control in Illinois. They're
crushing to farm families in our economy. Evelyn and I want to freeze
them and give the voters the control of when property tax hikes occur,"
Rauner said.

Rauner also wants to see less regulation.

"We're letting regulations, excessive regulations hurt farm
families and hurt our growth and we're going to transform that," said

Promises these farmers believe Rauner will keep if elected governor.

"I really like what Bruce Rauner has had to say and the team with
Evelyn. It just looks to me like somebody that can bring a breath of
fresh air, if you will . New ideas and business ideas," said Christian
County farmer, Lynn Corzine.

Rauner says if elected governor he would also like to see further research and development of bio-fuels.

We reached out to Governor Quinn's campaign staff who says during
his time in office, the governor has completed critical infrastructure
improvements to the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and has worked to expand
overseas agriculture exports.

Bruce Rauner Lays Out His Plans for Farmers

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