WRIGLEYVILLE - Right out of the box, during his first stop on a two-day flyover to announce his 2014 bid for governor, State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Burr Ridge) took a jab at fellow Republican 2014 gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner.
"I don't need a 'listening' tour to know what's wrong in Illinois, and how to fix it," Dillard told supporters Monday, a reference to Rauner's several month delay in announcing political plans.
Rauner, a businessman who is also seeking the GOP nomination, conducted numerous private meetings earlier this year throughout the state as part of an exploratory committee before officially announcing his candidacy.
Standing in front of his boyhood home in Chicago, Senator Dillard told supporters what he would do if elected, including his plans to set up a new state "Office of Repealer" to get rid of unnecessary laws, regulations, and taxes.
Dillard said he was born at Illinois Masonic Hospital, blocks away from where the announcement was made at 3753 North Magnolia, just around the corner from Wrigley Field.
IR citizen journalist Mark Weyermuller said sounds of construction could be heard nearby as Wrigley prepares for the Pearl Jam concert this weekend. "Kirk indicated to me that he was a big fan of Eddie Vedder," Weyermuller noted.