Bailey favors a less-is-more approach to turn around Illinois
Darren Bailey is convinced a less-is-more policy would go a long way in helping the troubled state of Illinois turn around its misfortunes.
“What Illinois needs is lower taxes, less business regulation and other reforms to jump-start our economy,” Bailey, a Xenia Republican, told the SE Illinois News. “Illinois needs to become a more business-friendly state. Illinois has had more people leave than any other state in the country for the last three years.”
Bailey envisions himself being part of the solution, challenging Rep. David Reis (R-Willow Hill) in the Republican primary in the 109th District on a platform of stronger reforms, greater transparency and more fiscal responsibility.
“People are fleeing Illinois to find jobs and opportunities in other states,” he said. “We need workers’ compensation reform and other business reforms to compete with surrounding states.”
Bailey is also on record as asserting that he believes the biggest reason so many people are now fleeing the state at such alarming rates stems from them having totally lost all faith and confidence in local government.
The third-generation family farmer is just as adamant that the blame for the depressed climate rests on the shoulders of career politicians he feels are simply allowed to stay in power and control for far too long.
Bailey, who has never held or run for public office before, previously told SE Illinois News he believes the answer lies in sending new blood, like himself, to Springfield.
“The election of new representatives and senators seems to be the only way to get Illinois on track,” he said at the time. "Voters have the opportunity to speak up on March 20th and elect men and women who will actually represent their interests and restore Illinois.”
The 109th House District includes parts or all of Jasper, Effingham, Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Wabash, Wayne, Edwards and White counties.