Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard officially enters the race for governor

By WEEK Producer

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Illinois Republican Senator Kirk Dillard kicked off his second bid for Illinois Governor on Monday in Chicago.

Dillard of Hinsdale, Illinois, lost to Bloomington Senator Bill Brady in the 2010 Republican primary by only 193 votes.

Brady then lost to Pat Quinn in the General Election.

Senator Brady is running for Governor again, along with Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner.

On Monday, Dillard pledged to slow the growth of Illinois government, repair the state's financial condition and attract new business to the state.

Dillard is being backed by former Governor Jim Edgar. Dillard was Edgar's chief of staff.