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Illinois Federation of Teachers Recommends Kirk Dillard in Republican Primary

March 2, 2014

Illinois Federation of Teachers Recommends Kirk Dillard in Republican Primary
IFT includes more than 100,000 public employees statewide; as many as 25% are likely GOP voters
CHICAGO – Today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) announced their endorsement for Senator Kirk Dillard to be the Republican nominee for Governor.
At a news conference with Senator Dillard, IFT President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:
“Senator Dillard has been a tireless advocate for public schools and our communities and a strong voice for teachers and retirees regarding the unconstitutionality of recent pension theft legislation.
We have already told our members for whom not to vote, and now we’re making it more clear: we encourage anyone who plans to pull a Republican ballot on March 18th to vote for Kirk Dillard,” said Montgomery, a high school English teacher for nearly 20 years.
“While we have a long history of bipartisanship, this is a significant moment for the IFT. Other than our support for Jim Thompson, this is only the second time in our history when we have endorsed a Republican candidate for Governor. This election is simply too important to sit on the sidelines, and we are getting in the game for the future of Illinois.
Kirk Dillard has a record of respecting working families in the past and a willingness to work with us in the future. We are proud to recommend him in the Republican primary.”
The IFT endorsed Jim Thompson in 1986.
Senator Dillard thanked IFT members for their support:
“I’m truly honored by this support from the Illinois Federation of Teachers,” Dillard said.
“As I’ve said about our previous endorsements from teachers organizations, my father was a public school teacher for 40 years, and would be proud to see so many hard-working teachers getting behind our campaign. We are indebted to the excellent teachers who give so much to make sure our two daughters get a solid education.”

Additional recommendations for the March 18th Primary Election can be found on the IFT website here.
The IFT endorsement does not currently extend to the General Election.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers is made up of more than 100,000 teachers and staff in PreK-12 school districts, higher education professionals, public employees, and retirees throughout Illinois.
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