Republican candidates for governor have different approaches when it comes to tax breaks for corporations. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford won’t say whether he’s specifically in favor of incentive packages proposed by state lawmakers for Archer Daniels Midland, Office Depot—Office Max and Univar. “But from a philosophical standpoint, I’m OK with tax credits if they are balanced and give a better return,” Rutherford said.
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Bruce Rauner believes Illinois shouldn’t be focused on negotiating deals for every company, but rather on making the state more appealing for businesses. “We need a level playing field where our taxes are equal, flat, and low, and our regulatory burden is equally applied,” Rauner said. The packages for ADM, Univar, and Office Depot—Office Max passed the Illinois Senate, but the House left Springfield last week without voting on the legislation.