- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The GOP candidate for Illinois governor says if elected he’d work to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture.

Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) is a Winnetka businessman. He told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau that the agriculture department is “full of cronyism” and has ‘folks running things that generally don’t have much expertise.’

Rauner has previously criticized agriculture department director Bob Flider - a former Democratic state lawmaker - for not being a farmer. He says he wants “farmers and farm experts running the Department of Agriculture.” Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has defended Flider’s work as well as the agency.

Along with Rauner, Quinn, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis are participating in the forum.

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