Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Former Gov. Edgar endorses Dillard for governor

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[October 13, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar says Kirk Dillard has the experience, knowledge and cooperative nature necessary to be governor in a tough financial time.

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 other candidates.

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.

[Associated Press]

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