Rauner wins Dundee Township straw poll
The local Republican faithful of Dundee township so far prefer businessman Bruce Rauner for governor, according to a straw poll at a picnic Sunday.
Rauner got about half of the about 70 votes, and state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale got about 41 percent. State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa split the rest.
So does it mean anything? Much like the famed straw poll of Ames, Iowa, even if it doesn't, it's still fun to talk about.
Dundee Township includes Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee and parts of Elgin, Hoffman Estates and Algonquin.
Precinct committeeman and East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn, who arranged for the straw poll, said he was "kind of shocked" by Brady's small numbers given he ran for the same office three years ago and other polls have suggested he's right in the mix.
Still, Skillicorn said the poll is probably skewed a little because it was taken by a small selection of GOP die-hards.
"Most of them are either activists, candidates or active in the party," Skillicorn said.
Rauner, Dillard and Brady all spoke at the event, but after people already voted.