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Government

Governor candidate Dillard starts plane tour

CHICAGO – State Sen. Kirk Dillard’s campaign for Illinois governor is getting a boost from his one-time 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 said Illinois needs a governor with experience and who won’t be learning on the job. The comment was a reference to businessman Bruce Rauner. The venture capitalist leading in polls and fundraising is seeking public office for the first time.

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

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