Big guns, but maybe not for money
Much has been made of businessman Rod Gidwitz backing Republican Bruce Rauner for governor despite his past support of state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale because of the the business community campaign cash that could elude Dillard as a result.
But could Dillard's addition of former Gov. Jim Thompson to his endorsement list with former Gov. Jim Edgar help in the money column?
Dillard campaign manager Glenn Hodas says maybe and says both men will have roles in the money side of the effort. But that's not their main role.
"We expect to be outspent," Hodas said.
When an endorsement letter from Thompson and Edgar went out to local party leaders, Hodas said, the plan wasn't to try to make a fundraising push. It's to woo support of the party infrastructure, which is a fight not fought with pricey TV ads.
As of the end of June, Dillard trailed Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the fundraising race.
Candidates next report fundraising totals Oct. 15.