DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black announced Sunday he will not run for the Illinois Senate in 2006.
Instead, he will run again for the House of Representatives seat he has held for more than two decades.
"This has been a difficult decision for me," said Black, R-Danville, who consulted his family and supporters on the matter before making up his mind.
He said a number of people urged him to run for the seat that will be vacated by state Sen. Rick Winkel when his colleague retires. He added that he appreciates their vote of confidence.
"However, when all is said and done, I have seniority in the House of Representatives," said Black, who has held a leadership role since the early 1990s. "Right or wrong, seniority can be helpful in the legislative process, and it simply doesn't transfer with me if I would be fortunate enough to win the election to the Illinois Senate."
A former teacher, Black has held his 104th House District seat since 1984. He plans to begin circulating nominating petitions to run in the March 21 state primary today. The general election will be held in November.
"If the voters give me the opportunity to serve them for another term ... I will do the very best I can to represent the people in the 104th Legislative District," he said.
Winkel announced in late August that he plans to step down from his 52nd Senate District seat when his term ends in January 2007.
At the time, he said he was discussing returning to the law firm of Meyer Capel in Champaign, where he is still of counsel, but that he had nothing definite in mind.