Dillard taps Tracy for ticket
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter September 3, 2013 11:07PM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, a Republican candidate for governor, introduces state Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy as his running mate during a news conference in September. (AP Photo/The Southern, Adam Testa)
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:37AM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) officially tapped a Downstate member of the Illinois House to be his running mate in the Republican race for governor.
On Tuesday, Dillard announced Jil Tracy, of Quincy, will join his campaign as lieutenant 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 lieutenant 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.”
Dillard formally announced the appointment Tuesday, but announced it on Twitter on Monday 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 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.”
Dillard’s announcement means two out of the four GOP candidates have picked running mates. Also competing are businessman Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington.)
A Rauner spokesman said no announcement is expected this week.