Dillard names Downstate female lawmaker as running mate
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter September 3, 2013 9:21AM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) today officially tapped a downstate member of the Illinois House to be his running mate in the Republican race for governor.
Dillard announced Jil Tracy, of Downstate Quincy, will join his campaign as Lt. Governor. Dillard is in a four-way Republican primary race for governor.
Dillard, who believes he has a stronghold in DuPage County, said having Tracy run as his Lt. Governor will draw Downstate support.
“I am a suburban candidate with
strong downstate roots,” Dillard said in a statement. “Having Jil as my running mate brings additional downstate support to our campaign that will only get stronger in the months to come.”
Dillard formally announced the appointment today, but Tweeted news of it last night. Tracy’s appointment has been rumored since last week.
The announcement came one day after gubernatorial opponent Dan Rutherford, a Republican, chose attorney Steve Kim from Northbrook.
This is the first primary election in which Illinois voters will pick candidates for governor and lieutenant governor on a single ticket. In the past, candidates for the top two executive jobs ran separately in the primary and teamed up in the general election, which left Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn briefly paired up with colorful pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen. The change came about after Cohen dropped out of the race, accused of assaulting a girlfriend.
“I want to thank Senator Dillard for his vote of confidence in me,” Tracy said in a statement. “This state is of out of balance. A decade of one-party rule has left Illinois reeling. We’re going to roll our sleeves up and begin
the process of rebuilding Illinois.”