State Sen. Kirk W. Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is giving it another try for governor. He announced his candidacy today in from to his boyhood home in Chicago, where he lived from 1955-59, and is making stops as well in Moline and Decatur.  Dillard was chief of staff for former Gov. Jim Edgar, and has been a state senator himself for two decades, so his message is, he knows what’s happening in Springfield, and he says it would be better with him as governor.
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“I’ve established deep and lasting friendships with farmers, business owners, educators, scientists and even a few politicians in my day, and I’m sure of this: Our state government is not working on their behalf,” he said.  Dillard ran in 2010 and lost the Republican primary by 193 votes.  He is unveiling a several proposals along with his candidacy: 
  • A promise that, if elected, he won’t engage in any fund-raising during the first 2½ years of his term.
  • The creation of an “office of the repealer,” whose job would be to find unneeded, outdated or duplicative laws, regulations, offices or programs and push to have them repealed.
  • A push for a constitutional amendment to withhold salaries for lawmakers unless the budget is balanced
  • A push to eliminate pension for legislators and other part-time elected officials in Illinois.
Dillard’s message to Republican primary voters is that he’s a Republican who can win a general election.    His itinerary for Tuesday includes stops in Peoria, Murphysboro, Rockford and Lombard.
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