Kirk Dillard endorsed by Illinois teachers' union; Illinois Federation of Teachers backs Republican candidate for governor

March 2, 2014 (CHICAGO)

The Illinois Federation of Teachers represents more than 100,000 members.

About one-third of its members are also members of the Chicago Teachers Union.

"I'm very proud of this, this helps my campaign a lot," Dillard said. "Our Dillard campaign is on a great trail of momentum. And things are going very, very well."

This is only the second time in the IFT's history that it is endorsing a Republican candidate for governor.

Dillard has said education will be a top priority for his administration.

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