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Thu November 8, 2012

Dillard Talking About Another Bid for Governor

Kirk Dillard at a stop in Macomb during his last campaign for governor
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois state Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said he's considering another run for governor.

Dillard’s name has often been mentioned as a top candidate for the 20-14 race. He narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to fellow Republican Senator Bill Brady, who went on to lose to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.

“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 said.  

Dillard said he has a track record working with Democrats in the General Assembly. He was chief of staff to former Governor Jim Edgar and legislative director for former Governor Jim Thompson.

Dillard is familiar with west central Illinois because he attended Western Illinois University.

This week Dillard won re-election to the Senate in his suburban Chicago district.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio and the Associated Press