Sunday, January 31, 2010

Governor -- Illinois -- Republican Primary

Tuesday's Republican primary for governor of Illinois is a free-for-all. A Rasmussen poll indicates that Andy McKenna has a slight lead over five other candidates.

McKenna, 53, of Chicago, has never been elected to public office. He was Republican state chairman from 2005 to 2009.

The other candidates, in descending order based on their support in the poll:

Former state Attorney General Jim Ryan, 63. Ryan was attorney general from 1995 to 2003. He was the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002. He has a law practice in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

State Senator, Kirk Dillard, 54, of Hinsdale, which is also in the Chicago area. Dillard, a lawyer, is in his 16th year in the state Senate.

State Senator, Bill Brady, 48, of Bloomington. He has been in the Senate since 2002, having previously served in the state House of Representatives. He finished third in the gubernatorial primary four years ago. Brady is a realtor.

Adam Andrzejewski, 40, of Hinsdale, co-founded a publishing company. This is his first bid for election to public office.

Dan Proft, 37, of Chicago, is a political commentator and campaign consultant. He also has never previously run for office.

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed McKenna.

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