- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - State Sen. Kirk Dillard’s campaign for Illinois governor is getting a boost from his onetime employer: Former Gov. Jim Edgar.

Dillard announced on Sunday a two-day plane tour of Illinois with Edgar by his side. Dillard was once chief of staff to Edgar.

Edgar says Illinois needs a governor with experience and who won’t be learning on the job. The comment was a reference to businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur). The venture capitalist leading in polls and fundraising is seeking public office for the first time.

The other GOP candidates are also making a final push with Rauner and state Sen. Bill Brady taking statewide tours over the weekend. A spokesman for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) says he’s focused on making phone calls.

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