3 months ago by Bob Gough
Quincy State Representative on the ticket as Lt. Gov. candidate
State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) has selected State Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy as his running mate in the 2014 Illinois Republican primary.
The two launched a statewide fly-around this morning from Quincy's Washington Park.
Dillard said Tracy was his first choice and touted her credentials as someone who can work with the legislature to get things done in Springfield.
"When I announced I was going to run for governor, I said I was going to be working for all of the people of Illinois," Dillard said. "My selection of Jil Tracy as my choice as lieutenant governor is a down payment to the people of Illinois that this state will work again...Jil understands how things ought to work in Illinois."
Dillard said Tracy was respected by Republicans and Democrats in the statehouse.
Tracy said a combination of bad policies and inaction in Springfield has led to the state's economic mess.
"Under a Dillard/Tracy administration, businesses will know we are their advocate to grow and expand," she said.
Tracy has her undergraduate and law degrees form SIU-Carbondale. She worked in the Illinois Attorney General's office from 1997 to 2004 and served under Attorneys General Jim Ryan and Lisa Madigan. She has been a state representative since 2006.
Tracy said she would remain in her House seat, but would not seek re-election to it.
From the Associated Press:
The Republican field for the 2014 Illinois governor's race began to crystalize Monday as two candidates announced their running mates through social media just before the first day that candidate petitions can be circulated.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced through Twitter that Chicago attorney Steve Kim is his lieutenant governor pick, while state Sen. Kirk Dillard used Instagram to announce he'd chosen state Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy.
For days, Rutherford had been dropping Twitter hints about the 42-year-old attorney who lives in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook. Kim has served as a Northfield township trustee and unsuccessfully challenged Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2010.
'He comes from having been on the statewide stage before,' Rutherford told The Associated Press. The Chenoa Republican said his first priority was choosing someone who could succeed him if he wins. Rutherford said he would release more details Thursday at a news conference.
Dillard posted the news in a laid back Instagram video — he's wearing a Chicago Bears jersey — where he describes Tracy as 'a respected business woman and respected legislator.'
The Hinsdale Republican was set to go on a statewide fly around with Tracy on Tuesday — the first day that candidate petitions can be circulated. Tracy first took office in 2006 and serves on a bipartisan pension panel tasked with coming up with a solution to the state's nearly $100 billion crisis.
'It is very exciting to join the ticket as your running mate for lieutenant governor, looking forward to working side by side with you for this great state,' she says in her own short Instagram video.
The other gubernatorial candidates have said they're not in a rush to make their choices public, including Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner of Winnetka and Chicago Democrats, Gov. Pat Quinn and his Democratic challenger, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley. Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington said Monday that it'll be a few more weeks before he announces a choice.
It's the first time that candidates for governor will run with their lieutenant governor choices. The change when it was revealed after the 2010 primary that the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor — Scott Lee Cohen — had past troubles including domestic battery charge. Cohen dropped out after pressure from Democratic leaders, who feared it would hurt Quinn.
State Sen Bill Brady and businessman Bruce Rauner are the other two announced GOP candidates for governor. No leaks or hints yet as to who they are choosing as their Lt. Gov.