An Illinois politician is aiming at a lower target this time around. Bob Schillerstrom ran for governor in 2010. He not only lost in the Republican primary, but he didn’t make it to the finish line, withdrawing two weeks before Election Day. Now, he’s planning a run for state treasurer – announcing the formation of an exploratory committee Wednesday – and he’s leaning on his 12-year record as DuPage County Board chairman, 1998-2010.


“During the time that I was there, we balanced our budget every single year, we maintained a triple-A credit rating every single year, we lowered taxes nine out of 12 years, and provided the necessary services and in some places we increased services,” he said.


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Schillerstrom, who lives in Naperville, says his goal is to help shore up the state’s finances. He says the 2010 race allowed him to meet people around the state who will now support him for treasurer.


The incumbent treasurer, Republican Dan Rutherford, is running for governor.