The four Republican candidates for governor say the state should do more to attract and keep jobs in the defense industry. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says to attract new jobs or to ensure existing facilities like the Rock Island Arsenal and Scott Air Force Base stay open, a governor has to work with Illinois’ congressmen from both parties
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State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) believes that alone won’t help bring new defense jobs to the state. “Try to bring in people from other parts of the country to see how important this asset is, those people who will be making those decisions,” Brady said. Brady emphasized that long-term planning is needed to save Illinois installations from closure, so that when future cuts are made, the Defense Department wouldn’t consider shuttering those facilities.