Illinois has been in a jobs depression for almost two decades, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois is home to the hardest workers I know—and I want to get the private sector working again so business can grow and hire more employees.

Our state and our nation needs a jobs revival, but the employment landscape won’t change if crippling policies do not. Washington continues to approach economic problems with the same failing answer: throw taxpayer dollars at ineffective programs. I believe it is the government’s responsibility to create an atmosphere where businesses can thrive. To get there, we need to cut overreaching regulations, eliminate burdensome mandates, and reform and simplify the tax code by closing loopholes and cutting rates. The government needs to step out of the way and let the American people drive innovation, open small businesses and expand existing businesses. That's the best way to grow the economy and create jobs. American history is testimony to that truth.