Kirk W. Dillard
American politician
Kirk W. Dillard
Kirk W. Dillard is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing the 24th District since 1994 and a former Chairman of the DuPage Republican Party. He is a resident of DuPage County and currently resides in Hinsdale, Illinois. Dillard is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, serving as Illinois state leader. Dillard ran unsuccessfully in the February 2010 primary for Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois.
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Major teachers' union to back Dillard in GOP governor's race
Chicago Tribune - about 3 years
The Illinois Education Association is scheduled to endorse state Sen. Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for governor, according to sources.
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Zorn: Dillard asked Rutherford the right question
Chicago Times - about 3 years
As wrong as Kirk Dillard was to use levity to introduce this touchy subject, he was absolutely right to ask the question on many Republican voters' minds.     
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Dan Rutherford On Sexual Harassment Allegations: 'This Thing Smells Of Politics'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign for Illinois governor took a jarring turn Monday when a former state employee accused a Republican candidate, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, of sexually harassing him and regularly forcing him to do political work on state time — allegations Rutherford denied as "absolutely, totally political." Ed Michalowski, a former lawyer and director in Rutherford's office, filed a federal lawsuit alleging Rutherford started making unwanted sexual advances toward him in April 2011, shortly after Michalowski began working in the office. He said the harassment continued for more than two years. The lawsuit also claims Rutherford asked Michalowski to set up meetings with potential donors for campaign contributions and organize parades and petition drives while on government time. At a news conference late Monday, Rutherford said the claims have no merit "whatsoever" and questioned their timing, coming just weeks before the four-way GOP primary. He said his office has d ...
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Dillard contradicts himself on state gas tax cut
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.    
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Bruce Rauner, Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Gets Pile-On From Republican Competitors During Forum
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A Republican candidate in Illinois' gubernatorial race said the Land of Lincoln is so broken, his youngest child equates the state's highest office with prison. “My youngest daughter said ‘daddy don’t run for governor, I don’t want you to go to jail,’” candidate Bruce Rauner reportedly said during a Daily Herald/ABC7 candidate forum Thursday according to the Sun-Times. Rauner has trotted out the anecdote before, previously in an interview with Chicago Magazine last June. "She’s read about the four of our seven governors that have gone to prison and she was worried that that somehow was a causal relationship," Rauner previously said. "I assured her that if I do run, it’s exactly to clean up that kind of corruption." Another one of Rauner's daughters came up during the fiery debate that the billionaire businessman called "beat up Brucey." Rauner's Republican rivals questioned a quarter-million dollar donation the suburban Winnetka resident make to the selective enrollment public ...
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Is GOP Gov Candidate Rauner Nervous? 8 Keys to the Hot Race
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Madeleine Doubek Wait. Bruce Rauner's attacking his GOP opponents now? What's up with that? Here's are the 9 key developments from the trail this week after the first forum of the year sponsored by the Daily Herald and ABC7 and my take on why you should care: Rauner said he never criticized his opponents, only Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Then, in a first, he proceeded to criticize all of them. What it means: Despite his vast wealth and total dominance in paid campaign messaging, Rauner's late decision to participate in the forum and to then criticize Rutherford and opponents GOP Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard indicate poll numbers might be moving. Despite maintaining a calm demeanor, Rauner's attack shows he's concerned about 10 days or so of attacks on him. Do we have a tightened two-man race? What it means: Rutherford suggested as much in remarks to reporters after the forum. The Rauner-Rutherford exchange also would indicate it's heading that way. Underscoring it i ...
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Dillard relying on running mate to keep campaign afloat financially
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Unable to raise the kind of campaign money Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has collected, state Sen. Kirk Dillard has turned to the checkbook of his running mate.    
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Surprise ending: Dillard wants to eliminate the minimum wage
Chicago Times - about 3 years
The last paragraph of Rick Pearson's story today on the minimum-wage kerfuffle among Republican gubernatorial candidates brought me up short: (State Sen. Kirk) Dillard, who voted in 2006 to raise the minimum wage, told the same Quad Cities audience where...    
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Dillard camp questions whether Rauner is 'true Republican'
Chicago Times - about 3 years
In one of the most comprehensive campaign criticisms leveled in the early Republican primary season for governor, the running mate of state Sen. Kirk Dillard assailed rival Bruce Rauner's wealth and connections and questioned whether he was a "true Republican."    
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Kass: Rauner's 'outsider' stance amusing to Dillard
Chicago Times - over 3 years
GOP governor candidate says legislative track record is key selling point Kirk Dillard, the state senator from Hinsdale, has finally taken the gloves off with Bruce Rauner, the gazillionare businessman, in their Republican race for governor.     
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Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar
Huffington Post - over 3 years
UNEMPLOYMENT BOTTOM 10 New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged. Today's Top 10 list looks at the bottom of the U.S. unemployment picture. WORKERS COMP One of the things that hinders Illinois' job growth is Illinois' workers compensation system, which has employers here paying some of the highest workers compensation insurance rates in the country. Fraudulent workers comp claims remain a big problem. Recent reforms helped, but not nearly enough. Get the background on this issue and send a message to your legislators in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn and the four leaders of the General Assembly with our Sound Off tool. LEANING RIGHT In 2010, Bill Brady narrowly won the Republican nomination for governor by presenting himself as the most conservative of the seven candidates in the race. This year there are four candidates in the GOP primary, and Capitol Fax publisher Rich Mil ...
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Twitter and the 2014 Election: Mysteries Revealed!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For the past few months the Reboot Illinois team has been watching the 2014 candidates for Illinois governor carefully, but I have been paying particularly close attention to the candidates' social media profiles. Why? Because social media is not like any other news source. Unlike your favorite newspaper, Facebook and Twitter were created to encourage people to be social, i.e. two-way communication. So, what do I see when I look at the candidates' social media pages? Here's my breakdown of Twitter: Twitter is intended to be a platform for people to share their thoughts, news, and information in a 140-character blurb and encourage conversations with people all around the world. People can "Follow" specific users or groups to stay up-to-date on their updates or, "Tweets." What many people do not know, is that Twitter has ratios which determine a healthy Twitter account, the two most important are: Followers-to-Following and Tweets-to-Followers. Followers-to-Following: The "good ratio" ...
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Daley drops out of race for Illinois governor
The Press Enterprise - over 3 years
Daley drops out of race for Illinois governor Associated Press - 16 September 2013 21:59-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Gubernatorial elections, State elections, Elections, Political resignations, Cabinet appointments and nominations, State governments, Free trade, Cabinets, Government appointments and nominations, International trade, Economy, Business People, Places and Companies: Pat Quinn, Richard Daley, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Lisa Madigan, Dan Rutherford, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Illinois, Chicago Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Tribune's Stantis Remembers 9/11
Huffington Post - over 3 years
9/11 We remember 9/11 today and so does the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis. ________________________________________ KIRK INSPIRES Sen. Mark Kirk faced a long and arduous rehabilitation after suffering a stroke in January 2013. A year later, he returned to the Senate. Over the summer, he barnstormed Illinois, covering 1,000 miles in three weeks. Kirk's outlook through his recovery has been inspiring. Here's a video highlight reel of his summer travels to many parts of the state he had not visited since before his stroke. ________________________________________ FELONS AND PENSIONS State Rep. Constance Howard resigned in July 2012 and began collecting her legislative pension of $4,750 a month. She left office to begin working on a plea deal on charges related to her using up to $28,000 from a scholarship fund for personal spending. She'll collect her pension right up until Nov. 21, when she is sentenced (she pleaded guilty to mail fraud in July). Retired Chicago fire Lt. Euge ...
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2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard
Huffington Post - over 3 years
2014: ENDORSEMENTS Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993. Last week he got a boost from another former governor and employer, Jim Thompson, for whom Dillard was director of legislative affairs from 1983 to 1987. Edgar and Thompson co-signed a letter of endorsement that was sent last week to all Republican Party county chairmen, township chairmen and ward committeeman in the state. "Kirk Dillard has the experience, judgment, and character to stay the course, and make the tough decisions that will have to be made," write Thompson and Edgar. "But we're also supporting Kirk for another very important reason. Dillard is the only Republican candidate who can win in November." Read the whole letter here. _______________________________________ PEP TALK: Edgar already had been a vocal supporter of Dillard. Here's video from Republican Day last mon ...
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Matthew Dietrich: GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WHAT A DAY Thursday was an amazing day for the Reboot Illinois crew. It started in the morning in downtown Springfield, where we joined with the Citizens Club of Springfield for a forum on whether a progressive income tax system might be the answer to Illinois' well documented financial troubles. Then we headed to the Illinois State Fair, where the four candidates competing to become the 2014 Republican nominee for governor made their cases to supporters and party leadership at the fair's annual Republican Day. As we'll note below, our forum and this week's activity by Democratic and Republican gubernatorial hopefuls are closely related. Let's get to it! ________________________________________ THE CANDIDATES With Illinois a financial basket case, Democratic legislative leaders now suing the Democratic governor for canceling their pay and the incumbent governor facing a serious primary challenge, Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governors ...
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Daley Makes Candidacy For Ill. Governor Official
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley officially stepped into the 2014 Illinois governor's race Tuesday by filing paperwork with state election officials, making him the only announced Democratic challenger to Gov. Pat Quinn. More than a month after Daley released a videotaped announcement that he'd formed an exploratory committee, Daley filed the paperwork hours after releasing another video late Monday in which he said "there is no exploratory piece of this anymore." Daley has been acting like a candidate in recent weeks, holding press conferences in which he has blasted Quinn for his handling of the state's pension crisis and other issues. In the latest video, that was his theme again, saying that the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution on state pensions or vote on same-sex marriage represents a "dysfunction." He's also taken statewide campaign tours. "I think the biggest problem right now is the lack ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kirk W. Dillard
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 54
    Dillard ran unsuccessfully in the February 2010 primary for Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Dillard was the Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Edgar, starting in 1991, for Edgar's first term. He also served as the Director of Legislative Affairs to former Governor James R. Thompson. Further, Dillard was a Judge on the Illinois Court of Claims (1987–1991), and was a member of the Republican Illinois State Central Committee. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Robert Crown Center for Health Education and is a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, one of Chicago's oldest and largest law firms. Dillard has been serving in the Illinois Senate since 1994. He graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, where he is now a Hall of Fame Alumnus, received his B.A. from Western Illinois University (Recipient-"Distinguished Alumni Award"-1997) and later obtained his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law where he serves on its Dean's Advisory Council. Dillard also serves as a Public Policy School Mentor for the University of Chicago. In the 95th General Assembly, he serves as the Senate GOP Whip.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    On July 8, 2009, Kirk Dillard officially announced his candidacy for governor in Hinsdale, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Dillard was seen as one of the front runners immediately. He opened a campaign office on Ogden Avenue (Chicago) in Lisle, Illinois. Dillard attempted to frame his campaign as focused on enacting Illinois ethics reform and making the state more financially responsible to the taxpayers. The field for the February 2, 2010 primary was crowded, with seven Republicans running. Dillard was dogged through the entire campaign for a commercial in which he appeared to endorse Democrat Barack Obama for President were conservative activists compared him to Dede Scozzafava. Dillard placed second, losing to Bill Brady by 193 votes. Dillard did not concede the race until a month after the election. In his campaign for governor, Dillard was endorsed by the following associations and newspapers: He was also endorsed by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. Currently, Dillard serves in the Illinois Senate as the Co-Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee, and Chairman of the High Technology Task Force. He also serves on the Senate Committee as a Whole; Environment & Energy Committee; Executive Appointments Committee; Licensed Activities Committee; and the Subcommittee on Amendments; Subcommittee on Special Issues (Where he is the Sub-Minority Spokesperson); and the Environment & Energy Subcommittee.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    In 2007, fellow Illinois senator, Dan Cronin, was elected chairman of the DuPage GOP.
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    In June 2007, he appeared in an Iowa TV ad touting his former state senate colleague and friend, Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Dillard's appearance in the Obama campaign commercial has drawn ire from mainstream Republicans.
  • 2006
    Age 50
    Mayor Roger Claar of Bolingbrook, Illinois ran for and was elected to that post in April 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Kirk Dillard and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Emma and Ava. Stephanie is the great, great granddaughter of former Illinois Governor, Richard James Oglesby. Oglesby was the individual who nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency and nicknamed Lincoln, "The Rail-Splitter".
    Dillard briefly served on the Illinois Republican State Central Committee for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois, but decided not to seek reelection to the position in 2006.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 48
    In 2004, Dillard was elected as the chairman of the DuPage Republican Party, after his predecessor of over 30 years, James Philip stepped down. Dillard was reelected in 2006 and served through April 30, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to being elected chairman of the county, Dillard served as Chairman of the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. Downers Grove Mayor, Brian Krajewski, has since been elected chairman of the township.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on June 1, 1955.
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