UPDATE x1: Yesterday, Illinois Review published that Ralph Rivera, head of Illinois Citizens for Life had not endorsed State Sen. Kirk Dillard for Governor. This morning at 9:24am we received clarification from Mr. Rivera that Illinois Citizens for Life PAC, of which Ralph is chairman, has in fact endorsed Senator Dillard. (see letter below)
As Mr. Rivera wrote, "The voter guide that Illinois Citizens for Life, our civic and legislative group, put out is an informational voter guide where we give ratings to the various candidates, but there are no endorsements by those ratings. It is the Illinois Citizens for Life, PAC that decides on which if any candidates are endorsed. ...When we send out an endorsement letter we have not followed that up with a press release."
At times, claims of endorsement turn out to be unsubstantiated due to misunderstanding, obfuscation, or legal prohibitions. We regret any confusion that may have been caused by the earlier article.
HINSDALE - One Illinois pro-life group has given State Sen. Kirk Dillard a thumbs-up in the GOP gubernatorial primary, while another has rated State Sen. Bill Brady and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford as "fully pro-life" but State Sen. Dillard as "fully pro-life with exceptions."
"Kirk Dillard has demonstrated that he fully understands the foundational nature of the right to life," wrote the Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC (IFRL PAC). "We believe that as Governor he will continue to work to protect innocent life in Illinois as well as the disabled and those at risk at the end of life."
The IFRL PAC urged pro-life voters to unite around Dillard, writing: "The March 2014 primary is of the utmost importance to the pro-life movement. Bruce Rauner does not support our cause. We urge pro-life voters to unite behind one candidate and we believe that Kirk Dillard should be that candidate."
Illinois Citizens for Life (ICL), a second pro-life group, rated Dillard as "1#," which they defined as "fully prolife" but with rape and incest exceptions. ICL rated Rutherford and Brady "1", meaning they are both "fully prolife" without exceptions.
In a press release issued by the Dillard campaign, ICL's president Ralph Rivera criticized Rauner, who he said, “has weak positions on the life issues and the fact that his family’s monies have yearly gone to pro-abortion organizations show that he will not be any better than Pat Quinn.” Rivera's statement did not endorse Dillard however. (see update above)