Battleground Polling has released their results for the GOP primary race for Illinois State Treasurer. The poll asked: Looking at the 2014 Illinois Republican Party candidate for Treasurer, if the election were held today, for whom would you vote? DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan, Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom or someone else?
- Bob Grogan - 21%
- Bob Schillerstron - 18%
- Other - 61%
The results suggest that while the vast majority of voters surveyed have yet to settle on a candidate, those who have are nearly evenly divided between Grogan and Schillerstrom.
Bob Grogan is the incumbent DuPage County Auditor. Grogan graduated from Miami University with a double major in economics and political science. He has been active in politics over the years serving as a township campaign coordinator for a number of Republican campaigns, a Republican Committeeman, and Vice-Chairman for Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. Prior to his election, Grogan worked for Bank One, ABN AMRO, and Legacy Professionals LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Grogan has been very active in the County’s United Way. He is married with three children.
Beginning in 1998, Bob Schillerstrom was elected to three four-year terms as the countywide elected Chairman of the DuPage County Board. He previously served as a member of the DuPage County Board in the late 1980s before launching an unsuccessful bid for Illinois Senate against Chris Lauzen in 1992. Schillerstrom graduated from Illinois College with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and History and a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He served in the Criminal Division of the DuPage County State Attorney’s Office as an Assistant States Attorney. Schillerstrom has a long history of involvement in the Republican Party, serving as a precinct committeeman and later as Secretary of the DuPage GOP. Currently a partner at Ice Miller LLP Legal Counsel, Schillerstrom made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
These results are consistent across the Republican spectrum, though self-described fiscal conservatives seem to be less undecided than other party subsets.
Of some interest is Schillerstrom’s showing among Tea Party members. Though representing only a small portion of respondents (see previous poll), Bob Schillerstrom leads Bob Grogan by 6 points, though still within the margin of error.
Conversely, Grogan does better among respondents who are members of a local Republican organization. Among this segment, representing approximately 1/3 of all respondents, Grogan holds a statistically significant 11% lead over Schillerstrom. As noted previously, organizational support is key in the early stages of a campaign when candidates often struggle to obtain endorsements as well as assistance circulating petitions.