Lacking Funds, Schillerstrom Bows Out of Gov. Race

Estimates place his war-chest total at $500K

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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Lacking Funds, Schillerstrom Bows Out of Gov. Race

Bob for Illinois

WITHDRAWN: Robert Schillerstrom (R) was running for Governor of Illinois: The current chairman of the DuPage County Board used to play semi-pro baseball as a pitcher.

The crowded Illinois GOP governor's race lost a candidate Friday.  

Dupage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstorm dropped out of the race and threw his support to former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.  

"As Election Day nears, it is clear that we lack the financial resources necessary to communicate with voters statewide and win the Feb. 2 primary. Given that reality, I have decided to end our campaign for governor," Schillerstrom said Friday.

Schillerstrom's campaign aide Brad Hahn said it was difficult for his candidate to break out from the crowded GOP pack due lack of funding. Estimates place Schillerstrom's campaign take at around $500,000 in total. 

"It's all about the money," Hahn said.

Recent campaign filings indicate Candidate Andy McKenna raised the most money in the last half of 2009, with a $2.2 million take. in the last Kirk Dillard followed with $1.4 millio, and Ryan reportedly raised more than $310,000, or about as much as Schillerstrom.

Campaign adversaries were quick to pounce on Schillerstrom's endorsement of Ryan.

"This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since Jim Ryan and Bob Schillerstorm teamed with Kirk Dillard to raise taxes on suburban families," Lance Trover with Andy McKenna's campaign said.    


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