EAST PEORIA (WEEK) -- The three republican candidates for the 17th Congressional District talked about their platforms at the Fondulac Library on Saturday.
During his opening statement, Bill Fawell told voters he is looking to be a politician that stands up for the power he said has been shifted to big corporations.
"All these powers have gone over to these agencies and it's killing the country and someone has to go to Washington and speak up and start talking about it," he said.
The topic of immigration came up and lawyer Esther Joy King, who said she grew up near the Mexican border, said she is looking to bring policy changes to bring about change.
"Let's overhaul our legal immigration system so that we can welcome people who are going to add value and bring their talents and skills," she said.
While Eugene Farrell, who assured voters he is still on the primary ballot for March, said those looking to come to the country must have a specific belief system.
"People that want to be an immigrant in the united states must have a want, a desire and a belief in a free nation," Farrell said.
The three candidates are looking to run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos.