Governor candidates gear up for Illinois primary


CHICAGO (AP) — Republicans are gearing up to pick a nominee to win back Illinois governor's office after more than a decade of Democratic control.

Billionaire business Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) leads in polls and fundraising. To advance to the November general election, he must fend off state Sens. Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) in Tuesday's GOP primary.

The candidates campaigned furiously statewide Monday. The race has focused largely on the state's financial problems and labor.

Labor unions ran attack ads against Rauner for much of the campaign while Dillard picked up union endorsements.

Rauner has made fighting "government union bosses" a theme and calls Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a role model. Dillard is counting on "crossover support."

Gov. Pat Quinn is widely expected the Democratic primary.

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