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Illinois’ influential labor unions are expected to continue their attacks on Rauner in the general election.

Their efforts appeared to help make it a tighter race than expected Tuesday between Rauner state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who picked up the endorsement of three of the state’s largest public-employee unions. Dillard bested Rauner in several counties that are home to large numbers of state workers.

Ed Kline, a farmer from LeRoy, said he was turned off by Rauner’s spending. He cast his ballot Tuesday for Quinn.

“I think he’s honest and he does the best he can do with what he’s got to work with,” Kline said.

But other voters responded to Rauner’s outsider status and his push to establish term limits for legislators, a move he says will help root out corruption.

“I’m all about voting out the old guard,” said Kevin Yessa, 53, of Downers Grove.


Associated Press reporters Chacour Koop in Downers Grove and David Mercer in Normal contributed.