Robert Bettinardi is doubling the size of his Tinley Park business, which makes high-end golf putters and saw a 38 percent jump in sales last year while hiring 35 more workers during the last two years.

But on Monday, after presenting one of his putters to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner during a campaign stop in Orland Park, Bettinardi said Illinois could do much more to help businesses such as his succeed.

“I feel I could grow more and be more successful if (Gov. Pat) Quinn and the state were more pro-business,” he said after Rauner’s visit to Fox’s Restaurant and Pub, 9655 W. 143rd St.

Rauner, a wealthy venture capitalist who polls show is leading the GOP race for governor, was making stops Monday in northern Illinois during the first day of early voting for the March 18 primary election.

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