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Ogle County chairman backs Dillard

OREGON – Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker on Tuesday endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

He joined the county board chairmen of Winnebago, Boone and Stephenson counties in support of Dillard, who was chief of staff under Gov. Jim Edgar.

Gouker joins state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, and former state Rep. Jerry Mitchell, R-Sterling, in backing Dillard, who is running second in public opinion polls behind wealthy private-equity investor Bruce Rauner.

The other candidates for the GOP nomination are state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington. The primary election is March 18.

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