The four Republican candidates for governor plan to attend a Daily Herald and ABC 7 forum on business issues Thursday.
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner of Winnetka joined the lineup today. Previously, Rauner had declined to attend, but his campaign contacted the organizers to ask if he still could participate.
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State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford had already committed to the event.
The Mount Prospect breakfast forum comes as Rauner has taken heat for changing statements about his position on the minimum wage. The forum's focus on business issues could spur further questions about the issue, in addition to talk about taxes, controversial incentives for businesses and the state's recent attempt to cut public employees' retirement benefits.
Daily Herald Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion Jim Slusher will moderate the event with ABC 7 political reporter Charles Thomas, and Slusher said he sees it as more as a forum than a debate.
Registration for the event starts at 7:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect. The discussion starts shortly after 8 a.m. and is set to last until 9:30 a.m.
Tickets are available for $25 at events.dailyherald.com.