Republican state Senator Kirk Dillard is set to announce his 2014 gubernatorial bid. The former chief of staff to Gov. Jim Edgar will begin a two-day statewide fly-around today. Dillard lost in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary by only 193 votes. But he contends this time he's the Republican who can win the general election.
Dillard is the fourth Republican to announce a challenge to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn since June. He joins state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Senator Bill Brady, and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Dillard warns Republicans could be repeating mistakes it made in 2010 with such a crowded field and says it needs a clear consensus candidate. Dillard's two-day campaign includes stops today in Chicago, Moline and Decatur. Tomorrow he'll be in Peoria, Lombard, Murphysboro and Rockford.
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