See below the answers from Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford:
BRADY: First, the largest quality of life issues for Illinois families are a job and a government that doesn’t take money from their paychecks that government really doesn’t need. I am the only candidate for Governor who has unequivocally said he will make sure the income tax cut scheduled for 2015 happens on schedule and will veto any attempt by Democrats to extend that tax. In addition, I will adamantly oppose the Democrats’ plan to raise taxes on middle-income families with a graduated income tax. As our economy rebounds, I am also committed to eliminating the personal income tax entirely over the long term.
We must also work for a better quality of life for residents of our communities, some of which are threatened by gang and gun violence daily. I have passed a resolution urging the U.S. Attorney to use federal law to prosecute more gun crimes by felons to protect our neighborhoods, and I am sponsoring mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes involving the use of firearms by dangerous offenders. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and oppose any further restrictions on firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens.
I also will work to improve both access and affordability in our health care system. We already are seeing the early effects of ObamaCare in limiting access and driving up the cost of health coverage. A private-sector health care system would be more effective and economical in my opinion.
DILLARD: Senator Dillard is a strong supporter and defender of our 2nd Amendment rights. He does not support a ban on assault weapons in Illinois. And finally, conceal and carry is now the law of the land in Illinois, and Kirk Dillard supported its passage.
We must also do all we can to teach our children that violence is not the answer. Kirk Dillard was the sponsor of the “Safe to Learn” Act which promotes school safety by supporting initiatives in schools such as violence prevention programs and helping at-risk students.
RAUNER: I'm running for governor because our quality of life is deteriorating and too many of our children are leaving the state for better opportunities, and I lost confidence in the career politicians to turn things around. As taxpayers and residents, we've never paid more and gotten less in return. I'll drive value for taxpayers as governor.
I've dedicated much of my adult life to improving our state and communities. I’ve been a key supporter of local projects including Chicago’s new Red Cross regional headquarters, the YMCA in the Little Village neighborhood, scholarship programs for disadvantaged public school students, and achievement-based compensation systems in Chicago Public Schools. I’ve also served on the boards of numerous civic organizations. As governor, I know we can take things to the next level and improve quality of life throughout the state.
On the Second Amendment, I'm a hunter and gun owner myself and believe Illinois was past due in joining the rest of the country in permitting concealed carry.
RUTHERFORD: I support the concealed carry law that enabled Illinois to join the rest of the nation in allowing eligible residents to carry concealed weapons. Crime statistics from across the nation have shown this legislation will help improve public safety in Illinois.
We should closely monitor how the law is implemented and track any shortcomings that could be addressed through the future administrative rules process. I think we need to prudently wait to see how the new legislation is implemented before we tweak the law.
With Medicaid, our state’s largest expenditure, we need a good, hard look at income eligibility thresholds that have expanded under the current Democrat administration. In the short term, we should limit expansion of the system under these income eligibility guidelines.
Obviously, we should work very hard to cut waste and fraud in the Medicaid system as well.