Jan. 14, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Schillerstrom says he believes there are Democrats in Illinois who want a change too.

Schillerstrom, who has taken a one-term pledge if elected governor, said he believes Democratic leaders, House SpeakerMichael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago, recognize the state has serious problems.

“We don’t have any leader or leadership that will draw a road map to get us out of this,” he said.

Schillerstom’s road map: cut spending without raising taxes.

Now the chairman of the DuPage County Board, Schillerstrom also stressed that he’s the only pro-choice candidate for the Republican nomination. Asked whether he thought that could separate him from the crowded 7-member field, Schillerstrom said a hard-line conservative candidate is unlikely to win the November general election.

“I am what I am and I always have been a social moderate and a fiscal conservative. I’ve always been pro-choice, and I’ve stood up in front of group after group, year and year, and said that. And in the Republican party I haven’t always been well-received by doing that but I’ve never hidden from it,” Schillerstrom said.

Illinois’ primary is on Feb. 2.