“We need to save Illinois taxpayers money”


CHENOA — One of the Republican candidates for Illinois governor visited farmers at the Prairie Central Cooperative grain elevator west of Chenoa on Wednesday.

Jesse Sullivan and members of his “Farmers for Sullivan” coalition gathered in a shed for lunchtime conversation and brief media availability. Sullivan believes that the state must return to the values ​​of faith, family and service.

“We have to put God back in our politics,” he said.

Sullivan grew up working on a farm as one of eight siblings. He still considers farming a way of life as he raises a family.

“My wife and I have fields of corn and soybeans right now and we love it,” said Sullivan, a resident of central Illinois.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan talks to farmers during a visit to the Prairie Central Cooperative grain elevator near Chenoa on Wednesday.

The Farm Coalition was formed by Sullivan to advise him on the election campaign. A media advisory from his office said that if elected governor, farmers and farm groups would have a seat at the table and buy into the issues that affect them and the future of the industry.

“Today, Illinois farmers and our agriculture industry are suffering from high taxes, high energy and fuel costs, and a fundamental lack of appreciation for the work they do and the service they provide,” Sullivan said. “Every element of that changes the first day I’m governor.”

Referring to many state politicians as “corrupt insiders,” Sullivan said they did not represent good, common-sense Midwestern values. Sullivan noted that he is the only candidate to sign a taxpayer protection pledge, which means he would not raise taxes for Illinois residents if elected governor.

“Any bill that comes across my desk as governor that includes a tax increase, I will veto,” Sullivan explained.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan poses with a group at the Prairie Central Cooperative grain elevator between Chenoa and Fairbury on Wednesday.

Sullivan says other candidates in the race have a history of raising property taxes. Many farmers in the state face the same challenges as families and small businesses – the highest property taxes in the nation. Sullivan wants to cut $10 billion from the budget by fixing what he calls the pension crisis, consolidating government and enacting a hiring freeze.

“We need to save Illinois taxpayers money,” he said.

The resident and native of Petersburg plans to repeal the gas tax and commodity tax. Sullivan would like Illinois to become a zero income tax state and a place closer to Texas and Florida rather than New York and California.

Broadband and fiber internet connectivity is another of Sullivan’s goals. He hopes this will improve rural economic development. Sullivan highlighted his business experience helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

“I know what it takes to create the jobs of the future here in Illinois,” Sullivan added.

Kathleen Murphy is Sullivan’s running mate for the post of lieutenant governor. He called her a person of faith and an outsider who wants to bring conservative values ​​back into Illinois politics.

Sullivan is among a crowded group of GOP gubernatorial candidates that also includes Darren Bailey, Paul Schimpf, Richard Irvin, Gary Rabine and Max Solomon. On the Democratic side, current Governor JB Pritzker is running again. He is challenged by Beverly Miles.


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