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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Kirk W. Dillard
Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a budget address this week that could be the most crucial of his career, as he grapples with a critical decision about raising the tax burden in Illinois at the start of one of the most competitive political campaigns nationwide.
After coming so close in yet another race for Illinois governor, Kirk Dillard expressed as much relief as regret this week as he contemplated his next steps.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard says even though he lost the GOP nomination for Illinois governor, he "came real close" to winning.
Sensing a real chance to put one of their own back in the governor's office, Republican primary voters picked candidates Tuesday who they hoped would put the state's finances in order, take on labor unions and chip away at Democratic dominance of the state.
The contenders for Illinois governor crisscrossed the state Monday on the final day of campaigning before the primary elections, with a wealthy venture capitalist trying to fend off three longtime Republican lawmakers to advance to a likely fall matchup with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.
From St. Patrick's Day parades to statewide tours by plane, the candidates running for Illinois governor made their final appeals to voters ahead of this week's primary election.
The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor made their cases for becoming the party's nominee Thursday in their final televised primary debate - an evening that lacked the fiery exchanges of their previous meetings but was packed with more personal moments.
For state Sen. Kirk Dillard, it's an ethics reform law. For businessman Bruce Rauner, it's how his private-equity funds made money for state pension systems. State treasurer Dan Rutherford cites a fairer reimbursement of nursing homes. Sen. Bill Brady? His role in the state's landmark state pension overhaul.
A union-backed group is spending more than $700,000 to promote state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for Illinois governor.
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor are arguing about pension reform and the state's finances in the second-to-last debate ahead of the March 18 primary.
Early voting has started for Illinois' March 18 primary but one Republican gubernatorial candidate says it's not always a good idea to cast an early ballot.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard is defending union endorsements he's received in the Republican gubernatorial race.
A major union's endorsement became a central focus of a debate between the Republican candidates for Illinois governor on Wednesday, prompting questions about the contenders' GOP credentials, accusations of "selling out" taxpayers and pointed exchanges over the role of organized labor in the state's politics.
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they support a law allowing immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses.
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they're in favor of reinstating the death penalty in the state.
A Republican, Ledford voted for state Sen. Kirk Dillard in last week's gubernatorial primary but said he likes Rauner's opposition to Quinn's tax plan.
Unions also made the unusual move of endorsing a Republican in the primary: state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale.