HUDSON, Ill. (AP) -- Republican Bill Brady is promising to help Illinois farmers by cutting taxes while spending more on agriculture programs if he is elected governor.

Brady said Monday he will eliminate the estate tax collected after an owner's death.

That tax isn't being collected this year because of a change in federal law, but it is expected to resume next year. It generated about $373 million for the state in 2008.

The state senator from Bloomington says he also wants to exempt gasoline from state sales taxes. That also would cost the state hundreds of millions.

Brady promises to rebuild the Agriculture Department. That includes reversing spending cuts of up to 70 percent.

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