SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of his extensive legislative experience and institutional knowledge, State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) has been named to the Senate Republican leadership team for the 98th biennial session of the Illinois General Assembly.
The 24th District Senator has been asked to serve as Assistant Senate Republican Leader by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. Radogno said Dillard’s experience working within state government will be an asset.
“Kirk Dillard’s familiarity with state governance extends past his notable legislative career to include his position as Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Edgar and his role as Director of Legislative Affairs for former Governor James Thompson. These experiences provide him with the unique perspective and institutional knowledge that will be invaluable to our Caucus in the coming years,” Senator Radogno said. “I know Kirk’s ability to work with our colleagues across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions to the state’s problems will be a tremendous asset, and I look forward to having him on my leadership team.”
Dillard was first sworn-in as an elected Senator to the General Assembly beginning in 1995, and in addition to his work with Governors Edgar and Thompson, served as a Judge on the Court of Claims from February 1987 to December 1990.
“I appreciate Senator Radogno’s confidence in my leadership abilities, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity at this stage in my legislative career,” said Dillard. “I look forward to playing a more prominent role in driving public policy. A leadership position offers an additional platform from which I can draw more attention to the concerns and priorities of suburban Illinois families.”
While in office Dillard has sponsored many landmark pieces of legislation, including most recently a new law banning sex offenders from practicing medicine in Illinois. The Senator was also the sponsor of Illinois’ first campaign finance and ethics reforms in 25 years, the sponsor of mandatory DNA testing of all felons, the “Safe to Learn” Act to ensure school safety, and many other measures advancing public safety, economic development, and ethics and fiscal reform.