(Springfield, IL) — November 4, 2009. Jim Ryan, the former two-term Illinois General who lost to Rod Governor in the 2002 governor’s election, entered the overflow 2010 Illinois Republican primary for governor yesterday.
Ryan, an Elmhurst Republican, returns after nearly seven years of teaching government and politics at Benedictine University in Lisle.
“The uncomfortable truth is that state government in Illinois has failed us despite the efforts of a lot of good men and women,” he said in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue on State Capitol grounds.
Ryan said as governor he would place a special emphasis on the plight of children, the mentally ill and others mired in poverty. He said he would “would streamline and restructure the state budget without raising taxes”.
Good luck with that.
Ryan will participate in the Illinois GOP candidates forum Thursday night in Chicago and leave on a statewide tour next week.
Ryan faces fellow Republicans Bill Brady, Andy McKenna, Dan Proft, Kirk Dillard, Bob Schillerstrom, and Adam Andrzejewski.