Kirk Dillard Pondering a 2014 Gubernatorial Run

Dillard is the Republican candidate for the re-drawn 24th District, which includes almost all of Elmhurst.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-24th, Hinsdale) is pondering another run for governor, according to a Daily Herald story published Aug. 17.

Dillard says his first priority is to get re-elected to his 24th Senate District seat in November—he's going up against Democrat A. Ghani—but at a recent Springfield event, the Herald quoted the senator as saying he's having talks "to assess what 2014 looks like."

The Hinsdale native, who has represented the 24th since 1993, cited his experience as former Gov. Jim Edgar's chief of staff as something that makes him a good gubernatorial candidate, as well as his personal background. 

“I think the right template for the election of a Republican governor is a suburbanite with very strong downstate roots,” Dillard said in the Herald.

Dillard ran for governor in 2010, but lost narrowly to Bill Brady in the Republican primary. 

In March, in a heated primary for the Republican spot on November's general election ballot. If he wins, as is expected, he would have to choose between running for governor or for senate re-election in 2014.

, Dillard said making Illinois a “destination economy” for job creators is one of his top priorities.

"Whether it is protecting raids of suburbanites money from the Tollway and METRA, or fighting for suburban school funding which holds property taxes down, I fight for area taxpayers and their families," Dillard said.

Click here to read the full Daily Herald story.

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WCJIM1987 August 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I wonder if Dillard will appear in another ad praising Obama as he did in 2008? That is why he is not governor today. Many like me refused to ever vote for Dillard due to his Obama pandering in 2008.
J rogers November 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
What about his game playing with Chicago mob associates put on the payroll by Janus Cellini with dillards ok. He knew about it never did anything about it. He will Never be governor
J rogers November 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Good man---read about his mob chicago friends tha tare on the state payroll--put there when Edgar was governore--one of them even endorsed him---


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