Kirk Dillard, of Hinsdale in DuPage Count, is closing in on Bruce Rauner who leads in the polls as the March 18 election nears. All of the candidates are trying to steal votes away from one another as well as win over the undecided voters with just a week and a couple of days remaining – even though early voting has started throughout the state of Illinois. A new Tribune/WGN-TV poll released this past week shows Rauner ahead with Dillard jumping well into second place, according to the Chicago Tribune on Friday.
Rauner, the wealthy man with no political experience from Winnetka slipped in the most recent poll from 40 percent to 36 percent. Dillard, the experienced politician from Hinsdale – and current state senator, his jumped from a mere 11 percent up to 23 percent in a very short time. On Dillard’s side are the many endorsements he has received from many organizations, including major public employee unions. Three major teachers unions, including the retired teachers’ union of Illinois and the IEA, have endorsed Dillard in the past few weeks. In particular, the polls are showing that Dillard has gained support downstate.
Of the other candidates, Sen. Bill Brady has slipped a bit to 18 percent from 20 percent in the past month. He unsuccessfully ran against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the last governor’s race. Final, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is running in last place in the polls, following allegations of wrong doing in his office – as well as unsubstantiated sexual harassment claims.
The upside for Rauner is that he appears to have unlimited funds to campaign as he recently sunk another million dollars into his campaign – making it $6 million that he has now put up for his gubernatorial run.