Dillard's bid for governor likely to end his Senate career

Dillard's bid for governor likely to end his Senate career

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 09:35

State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, will take his gubernatorial announcement tour to DuPage County today, an area he's represented in the Illinois Senate for 20 years since 1993.

It's his last stop of the tour, and his current term in office is likely to be his last in the Senate. Dillard is serving a two-year term in office, and he can't run for both governor and Senate at the same time.

If he wins, he'll be the next resident of the governor's mansion. But if he loses, he won't have the Senate to return to, barring some unforeseen and unlikely maneuvering.

It's a bad-luck draw for him. In 2010, Dillard was in the middle of a four-year term in office and therefore could run for governor without sacrificing his seat in Springfield. Every ten years, an Illinois Senate seat has two four-year terms and one two-year term. In what order those terms come is up to a lottery.

In that sense, Dillard lost the lottery. His seat was chosen for a two-year term, and with his move today, Republican state Reps. Patti Bellock of Hinsdale or Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst, among others, could be eyeing his seat in 2014.

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