State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is giving it another try for governor. He announced his candidacy today in from to his boyhood home in Chicago, where he lived from 1955-59, and is making stops as well in Moline and Decatur. He will be joined by former Gov. Jim Edgar in Decatur.
Dillard was chief of staff for Edgar, and has been a state senator himself for two decades, so his message is, he knows what’s happening in Springfield, and he says it would be better with him as governor.
“I’ve established deep and lasting friendships with farmers, business owners, educators, scientists and even a few politicians in my day, and I’m sure of this: Our state government is not working on their behalf,” he said.
Dillard ran in 2010 and lost the Republican primary by 193 votes.
He is unveiling a several proposals along with his candidacy:
- A promise that, if elected, he won’t engage in any fund-raising during the first 2½ years of his term.
- The creation of an “office of the repealer,” whose job would be to find unneeded, outdated or duplicative laws, regulations, offices or programs and push to have them repealed.
- A push for a constitutional amendment to withhold salaries for lawmakers unless the budget is balanced
- A push to eliminate pension for legislators and other part-time elected officials in Illinois.
Dillard’s message to Republican primary voters is that he’s a Republican who can win a general election.
His itinerary for Tuesday includes stops in Peoria, Murphysboro, Rockford and Lombard.