The four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls pushed a message of both party unity and that theyâ€™re the right person to lead the state at a gathering of Republican county chairmen at the SpringfieldÂ Crowne Plaza.
Winning was the theme pushed by the four candidates for governor as each spoke before a roomful of party supporters.
Bruce Rauner, who has never run for public office, says he has a winning attitude. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says heâ€™s the most electable, while State Treasurer Dan Rutherford noted heâ€™s the only candidate who has already won a statewide race.
State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) acknowledges he didnâ€™t win in 2010, but says having him on the ballot helped other candidates win. â€śWe picked up six seats in the Illinois House, two seats in the Illinois Senate, three congressional seats and three statewide offices,â€ť Brady said.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan says the four candidates are unique and each brings something to the table. â€ś[Theyâ€™re] really interesting candidates, bright candidates who will show people that the Republican party is alive and well,â€ť Dorgan said.