CHICAGO (CBS) — Suburban Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth is assure the business community that she is ready to respond to their needs.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Duckworth, a Democrat, says manufacturers in the 8th Congressional District tell her most Democrats demonize them – criticizing them for buying parts overseas, but not praising them for the jobs they keep here.

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Duckworth says they’re right, and deserve a break.

“That’s why I propose a tax credit for businesses that hire someone who’s been unemployed for more than six months. We have to have more respect for our business owners, and frankly, we have to listen to them,” Duckworth said. “I think that’s something we can do on both sides.”

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Duckworth is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who suggests she is more interested in talking about losing her legs flying a helicopter gunship shot down over Iraq, than discussing local issues.

Duckworth laughs, pointing to recent meetings business owners asking for bipartisan help.

Duckworth is the guest on WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” program this weekend, and you can hear more Sunday at 9:30 am and 9:30 pm.

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LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports