Dillard Files for Illinois Senate

From the office of Ill. State Senator Kirk Dillard (24th District)…

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont), in his bid for reelection to the 24th Senatorial District, announced that he has filed the 3000 maximum number of signatures allowed on nominating petitions to be included on the ballot for the March 20, 2012 primary election. All officeholders in the Illinois legislature were required to file nominating petitions to be included in the March primary election. Candidates for the State Senate were required to file at least 1000 valid signatures from qualified voters in their new Senate district, but could not file more than 3000 signatures.

“I am pleased by the overwhelming support I received from over 100 volunteer supporters who helped me gather petition signatures, and I am further humbled and pleased that I was able to obtain many more than enough signatures to submit the maximum 3000,” Dillard said.

“We gathered signatures from within every community in the new 24th District,” Dillard added. “The outpouring of support and enthusiasm from the people we talked with while gathering signatures was heartening.” An analysis of the petitions showed that every community within SD24 provided signatures.

“The people in Elmhurst, Lombard, Oak Brook and Glen Ellyn were especially responsive to our petition drive,” Dillard said. Due to redistricting, these communities have been added to Dillard’s 24th Senate District. “A vast majority of our 3000 signatures came from this newly added area,” Dillard remarked. “I am excited to represent these areas as their new State Senator.”

“I will run on my uncompromising integrity, unique experience in state government and outstanding service to our local communities,” said Dillard. “I have outlined a vision to make Illinois a ‘Destination Economy’ for job creators and create a ‘Best in Class’ education system.” Dillard continued, “I still have a burning desire to make Illinois work again. My enthusiasm for serving in the General Assembly is as strong today as it was when I originally announced my candidacy in front of the grade school I attended. Just this week for example, I passed legislation to implement the new labor work rules to keep McCormick Place the finest convention center in the world, Medicaid reforms which will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars and allow this government program to run more like a private business. The bill on its way to Gov. Quinn will call for checking eligibility more closely. I also passed a resolution to begin the creation of a cable television channel geared towards military veterans.”

“I want to continue to lead the Republicans efforts to block Pat Quinn from borrowing more money, roll back the Democrat’s “temporary” massive income tax hike, finally abolish the controversial legislative scholarship program and reform our unsustainable public pension system,” Dillard concluded.

Sen. Dillard is well acquainted with the new communities in the 24th Senate District. Dillard, working with local officials, obtained the funds to improve North Avenue, St. Charles Road and Butterfield Road/22nd Street, assisted with the purchase of Elmhurst Stone Quarry for Elmhurst flood abatement and helped obtain the renovation monies for York Community High School. Dillard also assisted with the funding for the improvements at Graue Mill and the DuPage Forest Preserve Mayslake Peabody Estate, and obtained the money for the new entrance and visitor center at Morton Arboretum. Additionally, Dillard secured the funding for improvements to IL-53 in Lisle and $25 million for the College of DuPage temporary building replacement program.

Dillard currently represents the 24th Illinois Senate District. Municipalities included in the newly redistricted 24th Senate District are Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Oakbook Terrace, Westmont, Wheaton, Western Springs and Willowbrook. Dillard and his family are 40 year plus residents of the 24th Senate District and Dillard resides in Hinsdale, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their two young daughters.


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