Republicans en GOP Candidates For Governor To Support Eventual Nominee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The four Republicans running for governor are battling one another now ... but most say they'll put that aside after the primary.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a debate at Chicago's Union League Club the GOP candidates for governor tried to set themselves apart on questions about transportation funding, Medicaid, and government consolidation.</span></p><p>But they all had the same response to the question, "Do you all individually agree to support the Republican nominee, whoever he is?"</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:46:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17410 at GOP Candidates For Governor To Support Eventual Nominee Rutherford Expects No Backlash For State GOP Candidates <p>Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford doesn&rsquo;t think he will see a backlash against Republicans in next year&rsquo;s race for governor. Some recent polls have shown most Americans disapprove the way congressional Republicans handled the budget.<br />Rutherford says he doesn&rsquo;t think the conflicts in Washington, D-C will be a factor in a race closer to home - like his bid to win the Republican nomination for governor.<br /> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:27:10 +0000 Associated Press 11082 at Rutherford Expects No Backlash For State GOP Candidates Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall <p>The newest leader in state government says he doubts pension reform will become reality during the upcoming fall veto session. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says it&#39;s not right to vote for something that&#39;s close to ideal just because there is fatigue surrounding the issue.</p><p>&quot;The issue needs to be done, but we need to do it right,&quot; Durkin said. &quot;But I am not going to just wave the white flag out of expediency because people have been worn down or they&#39;re tired of the issue and want to get it off their plates.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Willis Kern 10045 at Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall Grogan Says He's Best Qualified To Be Treasurer <p>A suburban Chicago Republican running for Illinois treasurer says he has the best qualifications for the job as an accountant and county auditor. &nbsp;</p><p>Bob Grogan of Downers Grove is the only 2014 opponent so far to House Republican Leader Tom Cross. &nbsp;<br>Grogan says he knows he doesn't have the name recognition that Cross does, but he's spent years straightening out public finances and wants to do the same for the state. Grogan is a certified public accountant who worked for a downtown Chicago firm. He's since been twice elected auditor of DuPage County. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:44:23 +0000 Associated Press 9222 at Grogan Says He's Best Qualified To Be Treasurer Two Former Governors Backing Dillard <p>Two former GOP Illinois governors are asking party leaders to back state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he's the only Republican who can win the general election.<br>&nbsp;<br>Former Govs. Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson have endorsed Dillard. They sent a letter earlier this week to all GOP county and township chairmen and ward<br>committeemen. They say the Hinsdale legislator is a seasoned campaigner and the only candidate who ``can take the fight to the entrenched Democrats that<br>dominate the state capitol.''<br>&nbsp; Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:29:29 +0000 Sean Crawford 8487 at Two Former Governors Backing Dillard Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session. It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down, he's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer. Republican members of the House met Thursday in Springfield to choose his replacement. Longtime Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) claimed the title.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't supposed to happen so fast.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8140 at Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader