“I don't think we're two states. I think we're one large, diverse state,” former Gov. Jim Edgar said. “We have urban and rural areas, and there’s always some tension between those. There’s as much difference between people in northwestern Illinois, around, let’s say, Freeport, and people in Harrisburg, down in Southern Illinois, as there is between people in Springfield and Chicago.”
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Edgar, who will be supporting State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) for governor, says businessman Bruce Rauner is an unknown quantity, adding a campaign for governor is no way to begin a political career.
“(From) What I’ve heard (Rauner) say, I’m not sure he understands state government,” Edgar said. “He’s not going to adapt; (Rauner thinks) he’s going to change it all.”