Illinois State Senator to run for governor in 2022

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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) — State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) is running for governor.

The Republican is holding an event at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham.

However, a bus covered with a campaign ad for Bailey was seen at the event.

Bailey would join a primary field that already includes former state senator Paul Schimpf, who announced his bid for governor on Feb. 15. 

Bailey has already tussled with Pritzker in court over the governor’s use of COVID-19 executive orders. A judge ruled Pritzker’s orders were legal.

Prior to serving as state senator, Bailey served as state representative. He was kicked out of the first House session held during the pandemic (May 2020) after refusing to put on a face covering.

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