State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), who is running for governor, says he hopes Illinois voters see his latest decision – that of a running mate – as an example of the kind of judgment he will bring to the state’s highest office if elected next year. Dillard introduced State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) Tuesday as his candidate for lieutenant governor. Tracy, as a female Downstater involved in her family’s business, checks off a number of boxes for Dillard. She says they will make a good team.
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“Pretty much, we do have parallel voting records,” says Tracy, “and, certainly, that’s one of the appeals of the two of us running together. (Where there may be differences) He is, at this point, the governor candidate, and, as his lieutenant governor, I will let him be in the front seat of driving those policies, but I will be very much an advisor in making those decisions.” Tracy, a lawyer who used to work for the Illinois attorney general’s office, has been in the legislature since 2006 and has two degrees from Southern Illinois University. Both she and Dillard must sacrifice their seats in the General Assembly, win or lose.
This is the first election cycle in which the candidates for lieutenant governor and governor run in tandem in the primary.