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In major shift for four-way gubernatorial race an outside group has launched more than $700000 medibuy “aggressively” promote state Sen.

In a major shift for the four-way gubernatorial race, an outside group has launched a more than $700,000 media buy to “aggressively” promote state Sen. Kirk Dillard’s candidacy in the March 18 primary election. | Associated Press files

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Updated: April 8, 2014 6:25AM



In a major shift for the four-way gubernatorial race, an outside group has launched a more than $700,000 media buy to “aggressively” promote state Sen. Kirk Dillard’s candidacy in the March 18 primary election.

Steve Shearer, who was behind a 12-page anti-Bruce Rauner mailer, says his group will spend the remaining days of the campaign — less than two weeks — promoting Dillard.

The expenditure so far is $700,000 “and growing,” Shearer told the Sun-Times today.

“We are now also openly and aggressively beginning a pro-Dillard component,” said Shearer, who is the former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. Shearer formed the Republican Fund for Progress and Jobs.

Noticeably absent from the ad is the word “Republican.” Shearer’s committee has been funded by union groups, and just yesterday he posted $485,000 in donations.

The effort will mean a tremendous boost for Dillard, of Hinsdale, who before receiving union money had struggled to raise significant funds. Now union money is pouring in for Dillard, who also went up on TV with his own ad on Wednesday. It could give front-runner Rauner a run for his money in the closing days of the election.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington are also in the race.

Email: nkorecki@suntimes.com

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