The Chicago Tribune is endorsing businessman Ron Gidwitz in the Republican primary for Illinois governor, while the Chicago Sun-Times is backing state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. The Sun-Times editorial board in Sunday's edition says Topinka has the proven management skills to lead the state. The newspaper says the Republican Party needs a candidate who has a "firm understanding of the state's finances" and applauds Topinka for her efforts to hold her party together in recent years.
Meanwhile, the Tribune says Gidwitz is best able to "drain the moat of cronyism and self-dealing that isolates the Statehouse from 12 million Illinois citizens." Topinka and Gidwitz will face businessman Jim Oberweis, state Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington, and Internet columnist Andy Martin in the March 21 primary.