Illinois senator to resign in July

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SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois lawmaker says he will resign his position in July before becoming chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.

State Senator Kirk Dillard was elected to the post on Wednesday.  Dillard says he needs time to transition into his new position.  He also refers to his tenure in the Legislature ending as "bittersweet."  He made two unsuccessful Republican primary bids for governor.

Dillard officially takes the position on August 1, but says he's already begun work with the RTA.  He says he has a unique perspective in understanding transportation issues in the region.

The RTA provides financial oversight for the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.  Dillard adds that he doesn't know who will take his place after he officially resigns.
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