Bill Kilquist, a John A. Logan College trustee elected to office in April and a former Jackson County sheriff, intends to run in another election next spring, this time for state representative, he confirmed.
Kilquist has not said when he will announce but did confirm he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 115th Illinois District currently held by Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro. Bost is stepping down to run in next year’s election for the 12th Congressional seat.
“I’m going to make an announcement. It’s coming up real soon,” Kilquist said.
Although he would not have to step down as a Logan trustee, according to Illinois community college officials citing other examples of state representatives serving concurrently as trustees, Kilquist has previously said he would resign the seat.
It would be the second time he left the Logan board mid-term, having served as a trustee from 2005 to 2010 but leaving the post to become the college’s director of emergency planning and risk management. He resigned from that position in January to seek his current six-year term.
Kilquist was also a six-term sheriff in Jackson County and is the former warden of the Murphysboro Illinois Youth Center.
Entering the race, Kilquist would go up against Du Bois Democrat Tony Mayville, who has claimed Kilquist would be running with the backing of Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago.
Kilquist has said he has met with officials across the state who have promised their support should he choose to run. He maintains, however, that such support would not sway his decision-making in the House if elected.
Also running for the seat are Republicans Robert White, the Jefferson County Board chair, and Terri Bryant of Murphysboro, an Illinois Department of Corrections manager who unsuccessfully ran for the Jackson County Board last year.