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Mike Marron Announces Bid For 104th IL House Seat


Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron says he wants to run as the Republican nominee for the 104th District Illinois House seat. Marron aims to succeed incumbent Chad Hays, who has announced he won’t seek re-election.

Marron used his family farm north of Fithian in Vermilion County as a backdrop Tuesday for his campaign announcement. His opening speaker was former State Representative Bill Black, who had considered a run, but ruled it out after his wife’s recent cancer diagnosis.  Instead, Black gave Marron a full endorsement.

“I endorse him completely, wholeheartedly”, said Black. “I will do anything that he wants me to do in the next – in the months ahead. I told him today I would work for him, or I’d work against him – whatever will help him the most”, Black added to laughter from an audience of supporters and local Republicans from both Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

Meanwhile, Marron says that the dispute over the state budget had caused his party to get off track, moving away from the principles of the state’s most famous Republicans, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

Marron says that as a legislator, he’d help bring financial stability to Illinois, and attract people that have left the state.

“But if people are going to come back here, they have to realize that we’re going to be fiscally responsible, we are going to meet our obligations” said Marron. “And they have to have the confidence that the rules won’t change in the middle of the game.”

Marron says achieving that will require some economic reforms, including changes to Illinois’ workers comp rules, which Governor Bruce Rauner has sought.

The 104th Illinois House District includes parts of Champaign and Vermilion Counties, including Danville and Rantoul.