Ill. GOP governor candidates work to lock up votes

Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 11:35 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) The GOP candidates for governor are spending the weekend working hard to lock up more votes with just days to go before the Tuesday's primary.

State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard both marched in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday. Brady later marched in a Palatine parade.

Dillard's spokesman says the campaign is focused on getting votes in the traditional Republican stronghold of DuPage County.

Brady says he's not taking any votes for granted. He says he's been out reminding voters that he's a 'reliable Republican.'

Bruce Rauner is on a bus tour in southern Illinois. His spokesman describes the effort as 'spending the next few days crisscrossing the state.'

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) tweeted that he's participating in multiple statewide conference calls with supporters.


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  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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