With just two more days till election day, the Republican candidates for Illinois Governor are hitting the campaign trail hard. Judy Baar Topinka attended church Sunday morning in Wheaton before heading to Chicago for a meet-and-greet. Topinka along with running mate Joe Birkett and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will all be in Rockford Monday. A rally is set to take place at the airport at 10:20 a.m.
Republican candidate Jim Oberweis defended his decision to ask two of his fellow challengers to draw straws to decide who would remain in the race against republican frontrunner Judy Baar Topinka. Oberweis says he had asked State Senator Bill Brady and Chicago businessman Ron Gidwitz to withdraw, but they had refused. He says he took the bold step of asking them to play a game of chance to try to break the log-jam of candidates he fears will split the vote. Brady and Gidwitz refused to play.
At a stop Sunday afternoon in Rockford, Republican candidate for Governor Bill Brady said his challenger Jim Oberweis needs to "grow up" and realize that Brady is in the race to stay. Brady criticized Oberweis again for suggesting that Brady, Ron Gidwitz and Oberweis draw straws. Brady called Oberweis' request inappropriate and said it was an act of desperation.
Republican candidate for Governor Ron Gidwitz visited a Hispanic church on Chicago's northwest side. The congregation prayed for Gidwitz after he talked about improving the state's education system and bringing jobs to Illinois. After the service, Gidwitz again dismissed the suggestion by challenger Jim Oberweis that Gidwitz and State Senator Bill Brady draw straws.