Quick Hit Aricka Flowers Tuesday October 12th, 2010, 10:14am

Editorial Boards Choose Sides In Upcoming Races

Newpaper editorial boards announced a few more endorsements over the past few of days that are worth noting. The Tribune tossed its weight behind GOP nominee Bill Brady for the office of Illinois governor, citing Jim Edgar's similar resume -- "downstater, largely unknown, not much of a record" -- when he came into office. "Does Brady have what it takes?" they asked. "We don't know, but we think he does." The Belleville-News Democrat in Southwestern Illinois and the Daily Herald also went in for Brady. (The Sun-Times previously choose Gov. Pat Quinn.)

The Tribune endorsed Democrat Jesse White for his current office of Secretary of State and Republican Dan Rutherford for State Treasurer. Lisa Madigan locked up their support for Attorney General, which included this laudatory excerpt:

Democrat Lisa Madigan has been a tireless advocate for consumers and taxpayers in her eight years as attorney general. She has worked to get felons out of state nursing homes and to increase state supervision of sex offenders. She campaigned to have dangerous drop-side cribs and infant car seats taken off the market. She has aggressively prosecuted Medicaid fraud, returning hundreds of millions of dollars to the state. She stood up to powerful gaming interests who wanted Illinois to allow a casino in Rosemont, which has well-established ties to organized crime. She blocked former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's short-sighted plan to sell the James R. Thompson Center to help balance the state budget. We could go on and on.

For the office of State Comptroller, GOP candidate Judy Baar Topinka picked up endorsements from both the Tribune and the Sun-Times. Meanwhile, Democrat Robin Kelly nabbed the Sun-Times' endorsement for State Treasurer. Kelly's boss, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, garnered the Sun-Times' endorsement for President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.


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