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Republican Governor hopeful makes stop in Peoria

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PEORIA (WEEK) - 55th District State Senator Darren Bailey made a stop in Peoria Monday. He announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for Governor earlier this year.

He spoke in front of a small crowd at Kelleher's on Water Street.

Bailey has made it no secret how he feels about current Governor JB Pritzker, particularly when it comes to the Governor's handling of the COVID pandemic.

Bailey has filed several lawsuits against the Governor challenging his authority when it comes to declaring a State of Emergency, the 'COVID' shutdown, and mandating masks.

When we asked Bailey what his priority would be if elected to the office, he said he would start with a balanced budget. "You can't continue to spend ourselves into oblivion and expect he children of tomorrow to pay for it someday," explained Bailey.

In order to receive the Republican nomination, the former Illinois State Representative and conservative politician will have to beat several challengers. Former State Senator Paul Schimpf, businessman Gary Rabine, and most recently venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan have all declared their intent to challenge for the Republican nomination.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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