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Dillard jumps into race for Governor

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:06:27 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard says he is preparing to make another run for Illinois governor. The Hinsdale Republican has often been mentioned as a top candidate for the 2014 race.

"Illinois has gotten a lot worse since the last gubernatorial primary when I ran. And I don't want to be part of a generation that takes a great state like Illinois and leaves it mediocre or worse."

Dillard narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington. Brady then lost to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. Dillard traces the Republican rout in this week's state legislative elections to the GOP primary two years ago.

"I came within 193 votes last time and except for those 193 votes the state would be very different today."

Dillard says if he had won the primary he could have defeated Governor Pat Quinn and maybe prevented Democrats from drawing legislative district boundaries so favorable they were able to win veto proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

Dillard says he's more committed to the race now and that he has a proven track record and statewide recognition from his work with previous Republican governors. He worked as chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar and as legislative director for former Gov. Jim Thompson. Others mentioned for the race include Brady again, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Pontiac, Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock, and Businessman Bruce Rauner. On the Democratic side, Quinn has indicated he wants to run for re-election, and former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley this week said he has not ruled it out.

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