ROCKFORD — Former Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney David Gill on Wednesday kicked off his campaign to become the next Winnebago County State’s Attorney.

Gill is the second Republican to announce his plans to run in the March 17 primary. J. Hanley made his announcement in May.

Gill has practiced law for 18 years. He served as an assistant state’s attorney under former State’s Attorney Paul Logli for nearly eight years before entering private practice.

He said he is running for the office because “crime is out of control.” He has plans to increase staffing levels and improve the quality of prosecution within the county — and he says he can generate the revenue necessary to do that by assessing statutory fees that have been ignored in recent years.

“We need to get staffing levels where they need to be, to have quality competent prosecutors in place and to be able to generate funding to support that initiative,” Gill said. “The State’s Attorney’s Office is in the unique position to generate money through fees.