SPRINGFIELD - While one union coalition reports pulling the plug on running ads blasting Rauner, Tuesday, Kirk Dillard's GOP primary gubernatorial campaign reported more coming directly into their coffers. ISBE's latest reports show Dillard has benefitted from nearly $2 million in teachers unions and AFSCME Local 31 funds thus far in this campaign.
Bill Brady, one of three opponents vying for the GOP nomination along with Dillard, asked reporters what kind of deals has Dillard promised to these unions during a time when making tough reforms to the unions' constituents was crucial to setting Illinois' financial course on the right track.
"What kind of deals did Dillard promise these unions?" Brady, who appears to be maneuvering to be a March 18th dark horse, said Tuesday in Springfield.
AFSCME has spent a million dollars to benefit the Dillard campaign thus far. In the past week, state employee unions AFSCME Local 31 donated $200,000 to the Dillard campaign while they sent $800,000 to Illinois Freedom PAC, a coalition of public sector unions running ads against Dillard's top contender, the Republican frontrunner Bruce Rauner.
The Dillard campaign has received $400,000 from the Illinois Education Association's PAC, I.P.A.C.E., thus far. The Illinois Education Association's legislative platform promotes the progressive income tax system in Illinois and retaining the 2011 67% state income tax hike.
The Chicago area teachers union, Illinois Federation of Teachers has donated $400,000 to the Dillard campaign - $150,000 this week - and another $200,000 to the anti-Rauner Illinois Freedom PAC.