"One of the major problems we have is that the federal government is too big," he said. "The first bill I would sponsor as a member of the Senate would be one that would require every federal agency to justify their continued growth.
"Right now, there's no way to control that growth. We have to fix that."
Truax said the impact of what he believes is a swollen federal government is that businesses stagnate.
"All these regulations hinder business growth, because businesses don't want to hire," he said.
Truax said two other priorities he would have as a senator would be to investigate controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service. That agency has been accused of targeting politically conservative groups.
"I think every American should be outraged," he said. "It's a clear assault on our First Amendment rights.
"I would be a senator who would not rest until we get to the bottom of this scandal."
Truax also favors a more muscular diplomatic style than he believes is being offered under Democratic leadership in the White House and Senate.
"I'm a believer that we need to be strong on the world stage," he said. "Leading from behind actually brings us closer to conflict."
Truax would also like to see policies implemented that reduce the national debt from its current level of $17 trillion.
"It's just not right to keep going down that path," he said. "You do that in business and you go out of business."
Truax has to get past state Sen. Jim Oberweis in the March 18 primary before he can face Durbin. He believes he is much more electable than Oberweis, who has never won a statewide race in several tries.
"Durbin is going to be beatable, but my background is what you need," he said. "It's not so much me against Oberweis, but putting forth the right candidate to go against Durbin."
Truax and his wife of 21 years have three teenage children and live in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove.
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