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Eileen Quinn, mother of former Gov., dies at 98
By Kerry Lester
Nov 21, 2015 5:09 PM
Eileen Quinn, a longtime Hinsdale resident and the mother of former Gov. Pat Quinn, died early Saturday at the age of 98.
Dillard says he's a 'winner no matter what'
By Marni Pyke
Mar 18, 2014 11:15 PM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard risked it all to be Illinois' next governor. The unlucky toss of the dice cost the longtime political fixture his state senate seat but he was unrepentent after preliminary results showed businessman Bruce Rauner clinching the race for Republican nominee for governor in Tuesday's primary.
Jim Ryan endorses Dillard
Daily Herald report
Mar 7, 2014 8:07 PM
State. Sen. Kirk Dillard won another major endorsement to be the Republican candidate for governor, this time from former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.
Dillard gets retired teachers' backing
By Mike Riopell
Feb 26, 2014 6:45 PM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, touted an endorsement Wednesday from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, further looking to educators to help carry his primary campaign for governor. "They're a motivated voting group this time around," Dillard said.
Rutherford, Dillard name lieutenant governor picks
Sep 2, 2013 10:03 PM
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has chosen Chicago attorney Steve Kim as his running mate in the Illinois gubernatorial race, while state Sen. Kirk Dillard picked state Rep. Jil Tracy.
Republicans focusing on 2014 governor's race
By Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell
Nov 11, 2012 1:06 AM
As Republican candidates start lining up for a run for Illinois governor in 2014, so do issues the party must consider. Among them: appealing to minority voters and bridging regional differences. "If the Republicans want to win the governorship in 2014, they must run a suburbanite with strong downstate roots that can run well in Chicago," said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
Decades of agitating take Pat Quinn from gadfly to governor
By Kerry Lester
Nov 6, 2010 6:08 PM
It began with an overgrown suburban field. Gov. Pat Quinn was 10 years old then, his now 93-year-old mother Eileen recalls. The area across the street from the family's Hinsdale home today Robbins Park was filled with overgrown brush.
Pat Quinn's mom shows toughness, love on the campaign trail
By Kerry Lester
Nov 6, 2010 6:06 PM
Eileen Quinn keeps up a pace daunting for a woman half her age. The mother of Gov. Pat Quinn, a devout Catholic, attends daily Mass at St. Luke Church in River Forest, where, recalling a bit of her Irish heritage, she "prays for himself a lot."
Brady bides time, but looks ahead to race with Quinn
By Ted Cox
Feb 13, 2010 12:01 AM
Without yet claiming victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary, state Sen. Bill Brady sounded the main themes of his fall campaign after a series of meetings Friday with GOP leaders - including Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk - at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago.
Father of state Sen. Dillard dies
By Joseph Ryan
Feb 1, 2010 12:01 AM
Services were pending Sunday for veteran suburban teacher and baseball coach Edward F. Dillard Jr., the father of state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Republican candidate for governor.
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