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Brady Wins Will County Straw Poll

Straw poll follows first GOP candidate forum

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    Bill Brady won a straw poll among Tea Party Republicans to become the next governor.

    In the race for the candidate for Illinois governor, Bill Brady has taken a commanding lead. Among a select few Will County Republican voters, that is.

    Following the first candidate forum for the Republican primary race for governor held at Plainfield Central High School, state senator Bill Brady won a commanding victory in a straw poll taken among forum attendees. Straw poll follows first candidate forum for

    With 106 votes, Brady won with 46 percent, followed by state senator Kirk Dillard at 60 votes, or 26 percent, and state treasurer Dan Rutherford with 41 votes, or 18 percent.

    The forum’s prominent no-show, wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner, came in last with 23 votes, or 10 percent.

    Tuesday was the first of several forums planned in advance of the GOP primary for Illinois governor. An empty chair was placed on stage for Rauner, who was denied a request for a surrogate to read an opening statement for him.

    The questions ranged from jobs to education, same sex marriage and beyond.

    Brady won one of the highlights of the evening with his promise to abolish the state’s Board of Education if elected.

    The forum was sponsored by the Will County Teal Party Alliance and co-sponsored by a wide range of suburban GOP organizations. The collar counties around Chicago are seen by many as a key battleground on the race for governor.