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.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said the state should pay down bills with the money it gets from selling a prison to the federal government.
Construction of the Thomson Correction Center was completed more than a decade ago, but the state has never had the money to fully operate it so the federal government is buying it in order to relieve overcrowding at its maximum-security facilities.
It's been appraised at $220 million, but Illinois agreed to sell it for $165 million.
Quinn said some of that money will be used to pay off debts related to the construction of Thomson.