Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard has received the endorsement of a retired group of teachers. But he is still lagging front-runner Bruce Rauner who continues to tap his vast personal wealth for his campaign. IPR's Brian Mackey reports.
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association has nearly 36,000 members. President Bob Pinkerton says this is the first time the group has endorsed a candidate for governor. He praises Dillard's vote against a massive pension overhaul intended to cut benefits for teachers and state employees.
"We respect Sen. Dillard, and know he will honor his word and uphold his end of the bargain, as we teachers upheld ours."
Dillard is playing up this endorsement, as he did with one from one of the stateís biggest teachers unions. But heís still not advertising on TV, which even he acknowledges is a crucial way of reaching voters.
"It just depends on the money. You know, I would love to go on The Today Show several times an hour like the other guy."
That other guy would be private equity investor Bruce Rauner. Earlier this week Rauner dropped another $1.3 million of his vast personal wealth into his campaign account. That brings his total self-funding alone to more than $5 million.
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