Dillard, Rutherford announce choices for lieutenant governor

By WEEK Reporter

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Two Illinois Candidates for Governor, both Republicans, have announced their choices for running mates.

This is the first time candidates have named their running mates.

It is a change that came about after businessman Scott Lee Cohen won the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor in 2010.

His past history, an arrest for domestic violence and allegations of steroid use, resulted in his dropping out of the race and Pat Quinn picking Sheila Simon as a running mate.

Now, Senator Kirk Dillard has chosen Representative Jil Tracy to be his running mate and fellow Republican Dan Rutherford has picked attorney Steve Kim.

"Senator Dillard is the one candidate who really gets it and he can strongly lead this state," said Tracy.

"I've been very close to the treasurer for many years. He's been a political mentor of mine," said Kim.

Yet to announce are GOP candidates Bruce Rauner and Senator Bill Brady and Democrats Pat Quinn and Bill Daley.

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