The state’s largest teachers union is promising lots of help for Republican candidate for governor Kirk Dillard before and during the primary election… but not necessarily afterwards.
The Illinois Education Association is endorsing Dillard, saying he has done the best job among the four GOP candidates in showing support for public education and those who work in it.
The union says it will provide money and organizational support… and president Cinda Klickna says even Democratic and independent union members indicate they may pull Republican ballots this year to support Dillard. But she says the endorsement only covers the primary… and the union will decide later who it will support in the general election.
The endorsement may play into the hands of Dillard’s rival… Bruce Rauner. Rauner has based his campaign on a vow to take control away from public sector unions, like the IEA… which he blames for the state’s pension crisis and ongoing fiscal problems.