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11/25/2013 2:41:00 PM
Conservative speaker to visit Oglesby

When the Bureau-La Salle Tea Party meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oglesby Elks Lodge, 800 E. Walnut St., the speakers are now scheduled to be John Tillman, chief executive officer of the Illinois Policy Institute think tank, and the running mate of a different Republican for governor, Kirk Dillard.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner was scheduled to appear, but, shortly after filing papers for candidacy Monday, he canceled the Tuesday appearance due to a need to be in the St. Louis area on Tuesday, according to local Tea Party promoter Art Havenhill. Instead of Rauner, Kirk Dillard's running mate, Jill Tracy, is going to fly in from Springfield to speak.

Tea Party members say Tillman’s success “has become a model for liberty-based organizations across the country. He is frequently asked to consult with other nonprofit, free market organizations on marketing and organizational strategy.”

“He is former president of Americans for Limited Government, a national organization that advocates for property rights, spending limits, term limits and other liberty-based policies in more than 26 states. John also was co-founder of the Sam Adams Alliance, a national nonprofit that encourages grassroots citizen activism,” according to the Tea Party press release.

According to the Tea Party press release, Rauner was born and raised in Illinois, the grandson of a small-town dairyman. Rauner says his first job was flipping burgers, his second job was parking cars. He worked while he attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with top honors, and then earned an master of business administration degree from Harvard.

Rauner has served on the boards of civic organizations including The Noble Network of Charter Schools, World Business Chicago, and the University of Illinois Chancellor’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Rauner said he is running for governor “because he loves Illinois and refuses to stand by while career politicians drive it into the ground. He will make the following issues his top priorities:

1. Jobs — Get rid of the Quinn-Madigan tax hikes and replace them with an overhaul of the tax code. Create Right-to-Work zones, allowing localities to decide whether workers must join a union. Enact tort reform and limit lawsuit abuse. Reform the workers’ compensation system to make Illinois competitive with neighboring states.

2. Reform state government — Allow state workers to choose whether they want to join a government employees union. Control spending, because bigger government means more corruption. Cap the current pension system and move towards a defined contribution system. Audit every dime state government spends.

3. Improve education — Reward the best performing teachers. Hold poor performing teachers accountable. Increase the number of educational choices for parents and teachers.  Prioritize spending so we can invest in education.

4. Term limits — Fight for term limits to eliminate the entrenched power structure in Springfield.

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