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Illinois Education Association gives Dillard $50K

SPRINGFIELD – An influential teachers union has made a $50,000 donation to Kirk Dillard’s primary campaign for governor.

The state Board of Elections website shows the Illinois Education Association’s political action committee sent the check to the Hinsdale Republican state senator Wednesday.

The IEA is the state’s largest teacher’s union. It endorsed Dillard last week.

Union officials haven’t yet disclosed how much in total they plan to give Dillard.

Dillard faces fellow state Sen. Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the March primary.

Dillard has lagged behind Rauner and Rutherford in fundraising and hasn’t been able to buy television advertising so far.

The IEA gave Dillard $250,000 after endorsing him in the 2010 primary, which he lost to Brady.

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