The event was hosted by the Indian American Republican Organization. The candidates were asked how they would attract new businesses to the state.
"We are overtaxed," said Sen. Kirk Dillard. "We need a top to bottom overhaul of our tax structure which is archaic and unfair in Illinois."
"No state has ever taxed its way to prosperity. Lower fees, less regulation, less litigation, that's what gives businesses the confidence they need to reinvest in Illinois," said Sen. Bill Brady. "Now it goes beyond that. That confidence has to come with fiscal stability."
"I will be the chief marketing officer of the state of Illinois," Treasurer Dan Rutherford said. "Chief executive yes, I know how to sell. I know how to sell around the world cause I've done it."
Organizers say the other Republican candidate, Bruce Rauner, was invited but declined to take part.