William "Bill" Kilquist

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William Kilquist
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 115
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
William "Bill" Kilquist is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 115 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Kilquist's professional experience includes working as the Jackson County Sheriff for six terms, as warden at Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and a trustee at John A. Logan College.[1]


Campaign themes


In an article with the Daily Egyptian, Kilquist highlights the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Kilquist said he does not have an issue with medical marijuana use but opposes recreational use and said he needs more information on why legalization would be beneficial. Kilquist thinks law enforcement should focus on other drugs because their usage is increasing."

Small business/ local economy

  • Excerpt: "The main issues Kilquist hears from locals, concerns jobs, pensions and taxes. He said the 115th District has a lot to offer and keeping local labor is important. Kilquist said the goal is to make sure southern Illinois businesses aren’t overburdened and make sure citizens aren’t overtaxed. He said job creation needs to happen because businesses want to invest in our community, not because government forces job creation. Giving businesses incentives to come into southern Illinois needs to be monitored, Kilquist said. He said if companies take incentives then leave, the district deserves those incentives back."

Illinois budget issues

  • Excerpt: "Kilquist said the state budget needs to be reduced every year. He said removing ineffective programs and lowering spending can accomplish this, but it will take time. The government needs to keep its promises so the people can believe in it again, Kilquist said."

Pension Bill

  • Excerpt: "Anyone affected by pension bills should have a say in how their pensions will be impacted, Kilquist said."

Monetary Award Program grants

  • Excerpt: "Kilquist said he supports MAP grants because they provide vital funding for students trying to further their education and that education needs to be a top priority for the state."

Affordable Care Act

  • Excerpt: "Kilquist said he has heard arguments both for and against the act, but thinks the issue is a national program and should only be discussed at a federal level."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. William "Bill" Kilquist defeated Tony Mayville in the Democratic primary, while Terri Bryant defeated Robert "Bob" White in the Republican primary. Kilquist, Bryant and Gary Shepherd (G) will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]



In 2014, Kilquist's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • The Illinois Observer

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