One of the state's most prominent Republicans is throwing his weight behind a candidate in the crowded GOP gubernatorial primary.
Former Gov. Jim Edgar, who kept his popularity intact and criminal record unblemished during two terms as Illinois' chief executive, is expected to endorse state Sen. Kirk Dillard next week. Dillard served as Edgar's chief of staff in Springfield.
Several Republicans are vying for the nomination, including state Sen. Bill Brady, former state GOP chairman Andy McKenna, DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, political consultant Dan Proft and businessman Adam Andrzejewski.
UPDATE: Edgar formally endorsed Dillard on Monday: