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Packed house welcomes state Sen. Kirk Dillard in Lombard

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:42 p.m. CDT
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State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) shakes hands with supporters Tuesday night at Trademark Tavern & Tap in Lombard a day after announcing his candidacy for governor of Illinois. (Erica Benson -

HINSDALE – State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) spoke to a packed house of supporters Tuesday night at Trademark Tavern & Tap in Lombard, after his announcement Monday to run for governor of Illinois.

The event concluded his two-day trip of Illinois.

“I'm proven, I'm tested, I'm the one Republican that I believe can actually win the general election,” Dillard said as applause broke out. “But most importantly, I'm the best person for governor of the state of Illinois.”

Before Dillard spoke, a video was presented to supporters showing unemployment statistics, foreclosure signs on homes and businesses shut down. Dillard said it was “unconscionable” to have an unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent.

“Are you ready to help me make this state work again?” Dillard asked.

The last time Dillard ran for governor he lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to Republican Sen. Bill Brady by 193 votes. This time around, Dillard said DuPage County would be the base and he needs residents from there to help.

“I not only ask for your vote, I ask for your help, your support and your prayers,” he said.

Dillard is the fourth GOP member to challenge Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn since June, joining state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sen. Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

“We are pumped up, we are energized and we're going to win the governorship back and turn this state into the great state that we all grew up in and I want my children and your grandchildren and the future children of Illinois to have,” he said.

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