• by  • July 15, 2013 • News

    Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard is set to announce his 2014 gubernatorial bid.

    Sen. Kirk Dillard

    Sen. Kirk Dillard

    On Monday, the former chief of staff to Gov. Jim Edgar will begin a two-day statewide fly-around.

    Dillard lost in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary by only 193 votes. But he contends this time he’s the republican who can win the general election. He says if elected he would eliminate lawmaker pensions.

    Dillard is the fourth republican to announce a challenge to democratic Gov. Pat Quinn since June. He joins state treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sen. Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

    Dillard warns republicans could be repeating mistakes made in 2010 with such a crowded field and says it needs a clear consensus candidate.

    Dillard’s two-day campaign includes stops Monday in Chicago, Moline and Decatur. On Tuesday, he’ll be in Peoria, Lombard, Murphysboro and Rockford.