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Kirk Launches Statewide Tour Focused on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Health Care
Pledges to work with small business owners, family farmers, and local leaders to build an agenda that restores honest government and spurs economic growth
ROCKFORD, IL - Five-term Congressman and Navy veteran Mark Kirk, the leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, today launched a four-week statewide tour to discuss the economy, health care and veterans issues with key leaders in communities across Illinois.
"With spending out of control and our medical rights threatened, the people of Illinois deserve a Senator who will fight for jobs and the doctor-patient relationship," Congressman Kirk said. "I look forward to working with community leaders, small business owners and family farmers to build an agenda that restores honest government, spurs economic growth, and improves the quality of life for Illinois families."
In Rockford, Kirk met with elected officials, small business owners, and community leaders to discuss his efforts to cut taxes, reign in spending and lower health care costs without compromising the doctor-patient relationship.
Kirk's statewide tour will take him to Metropolis, Cairo, Harrisburg, Champaign, DeKalb, Moline, Peoria, Decatur, Sullivan, Chatham, Mattoon, Effingham, Carbondale, Marion, and more.
"Agriculture remains the backbone of the Illinois economy," said Kirk, who was born in Champaign, lived in Chatham and went to school in Carlinville. "From FutureGen to ethanol to biodiesel, I will be a Senator who backs family farmers and works to create high-paying jobs in Illinois."