News

Dillard Gets Nod from Retired Teachers

Dillard Gets Nod from Retired Teachers

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

If there was any doubt as to why the Illinois Retired Teachers Association is endorsing State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) for governor, it was erased 45 seconds into the announcement.

“When a teacher’s career ends, there is no golden parachute,” said IRTA president Bob Pinkerton, “and that promise is embedded in our state’s Constitution.” He’s referring to the pension restructuring bill which passed the General Assembly in December with the support of one of Dillard’s rivals, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington).

One of the supporters – a member of the conference committee – is also Dillard’s running mate, State Rep. Jil (cq) Tracy (R-Quincy). He brushes off her vote, saying she felt obligated to support the plan as a member of the committee.

Pinkerton said the IRTA’s support is only for the primary, March 18. The organization would not commit to backing Dillard if he survives to face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the fall.

Also not committing: Dillard to backing another Republican if Dillard loses and Bruce Rauner wins. “Bruce Rauner’s Illinois will be all Chicago-centric, and it will work however (Chicago mayor) Rahm Emanuel wants him to work,” said Dillard, who also has the support of the Illinois Education Association.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Manar, Tumulty Formally Support Hawkins

3-30-15 Rianne Hawkins Andy Manar Cecilia Tumulty

A former mayor and county and village official is backing a Springfield woman's bid to take the top job in the Springfield City Clerk's office in next week's election.

in Local

Congressman: Don’t Trust Obama Admin or Iran

rodney davis

Iran's possible reversal of a promise to ship out its atomic fuel is more proof that the Obama administration and its foreign policy are failures.

in Local

Duckworth Announces Senate Run

Tammy Duckworth

An Illinois Congresswoman is the first to say she wants Mark Kirk's seat in the U.S. Senate.

in Local

Anti-Vehicle Theft Money Cut from Budget

handcuffs2

Groups that help fund the prevention of motor vehicle thefts in Illinios are among those that are sounding the alarm on some of Governor Bruce Rauner's budget cuts.

in Local

Lawmakers Consider Requiring Paid Sick Days

sick

The choice of going to work sick or staying home and not getting paid would no longer be the choice – under a bill discussed in an Illinois Senate committee.