The Republican who served from 1991 to 1999 endorsed his former
chief of staff Monday. Dillard is now a state senator from Hinsdale
seeking the GOP nomination for the top job against at least five
Edgar says Dillard was his "right-hand man" in
1991 when he took office and faced a huge budget deficit -- like the
state does now. He says Dillard has character and can cooperate with
Democrats to make tough decisions.
Edgar and Dillard say the state must drastically cut services
before raising the income tax. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn proposed a
tax hike last spring that didn't pass.
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