Gov. Rauner wants to change how Illinois does business

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GREENVILLE, IL (KTVI) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who swept the state in the November election, is back on the campaign trail. He is working to get citizens to lobby lawmakers in hopes his turn around agenda is approved in Springfield.  The governor wants to tighten state fiscal operations, encourage more local control and empower voters. He visited the Enertech firm in Greenville Tuesday afternoon.

Rauner said "the challenge for the next fiscal year is to get reforms past." He believes reform is critical to that states financial future. Business owners attending the event agreed. Jay Korte, an executive with The Korte Company, said "I think it's a long time coming."

Steven Smith, CEO of Enertech, said "Illinois has been a tough business climate." His firm builds its product, Geo thermal systems, in South Dakota not Illinois. Smith said Illinois prices for workers compensation, Unemployment insurance, property taxes, and income taxes are too high. He believes it is cumbersome to do business in Illinois even though his company headquarters is here.  Smith promised he and other executives from the heating and cooling business in Illinois will help the governor lobby for his agenda.

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