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Kirk Dillard on state of Illinois fly-around with Jim Edgar in final vote push

Kirk Dillard, Republican candidate for governor of Illinois, is spending today, tomorrow and Tuesday in last-minute campaigning around the state of Illinois. Dillard, who is trailing in the latest polls, is attempting to close the gap on his main nemesis, Bruce Rauner.

Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), and his running mate, Illinois State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), were joined by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar as the Dillard-Tracy team wrapped up its campaign for the Illinois GOP nomination.
Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), and his running mate, Illinois State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), were joined by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar as the Dillard-Tracy team wrapped up its campaign for the Illinois GOP nomination.
(Kirk Dillard for Governor)

Dillard has some help in his battle to knock off the current frontrunner Rauner. That help is in the form of former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. In a campaign stop, Edgar took a whack at Rauner.

Edgar charged that Rauner is in the lead for one reason and one reason only: "Money."

"If you’re governor for the state of Illinois, you’re governor for everybody. You just can’t be governor for a bunch of rich Republicans," Edgar said today. "You have to represent everyone. I think that vote demonstrated that Kirk had that ability."

That reference was to Dillard's last gubernatorial run in 2010, when he very narrowly lost to Illinois State Senator Bill Brady by a handful of votes. Dillard and his running mate, Illinois State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), were joined by Edgar as the Dillard-Tracy on a two-day statewide fly-around.

"This campaign is actually quite simple: Pat Quinn has to go," Dillard said in his remarks in a Chicago press conference on Sunday morning. “Jil and I are the one team that can send Pat Quinn packing and bring real change to Illinois."

Edgar stressed the importance of Dillard’s experience as his first chief of staff. "This is not the time for on-the-job training," Edgar said. "Illinois needs Kirk Dillard’s skills and experience to help navigate through these rocky times."

Dillard said that the "stakes have never been higher. Illinois is broke, and Illinois is broken. We need fresh ideas and new leadership. And we need to end one-party control in Springfield!"

Dillard also took a shot at his chief nemesis. "Bruce Rauner has demonized union members. But to me, these hard working people are part of the solution. I need their help to put families back to work, and I look forward to working with them."

Sen. Dillard has been endorsed by the Daily Herald, the leading Chicago suburban newspaper, as well as the State Journal-Register in Springfield and the Peoria Journal Star, the two most knowledgeable and influential newspapers on state government.

The nine-city fly-around took Dillard, Tracy and Gov. Edgar from Chicago to Rockford, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield on Sunday and to East Alton, Marion, Champaign and Elmhurst on Monday.

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Sources:

Chicago Sun Times - Kirk Dillard banks on Jim Edgar in last big campaign push

Chicago Sun Times - Edgar: Rauner would be governor to 'bunch of rich Republicans'

Kirk Dillard campaign interview

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