A former state senator from southern Illinois is running for governor. Monday Paul Schimpf from Waterloo announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination next year.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, he served in the Marine Corps for 20 years, retiring in 2013. He ran unsuccessfully for Illinois Attorney General in 2014, and then won a seat in the state senate two years later, but did not run for re-election.
In his announcement, Schimpf says he spent his career in the military not in politics.