ELMHURST – Former state Rep. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, announced Monday that he is running for election to Illinois' 24th Sentate District, a position currently held by Kirk Dillard, a gubernatorial candidate.
According to a statement on Nybo's website, Illinois' unresolved pension crisis influenced the former state Representative's decision to run for the state Senate seat in the Republican primary March 2014.
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, will also run in the republican primary for the Senate seat. Dillard supported Reboletti when he announced his candidacy in September.
Nybo previously ran for the 24th Senate District seat and lost to Dillard in the 2012 Republican primary.
As a state Representative, Nybo led efforts that resulted in the Epi-Pen Law, which increases the availability of life-saving allergy medicine for school children, and the Blagojevich Billboard Ban, which prohibits politicians from putting their names and faces on taxpayer funded signs, according to his website.
Fixing the state's pension crisis remains his top priority, the website said.
Nybo also served as an Elmhurst Alderman and currently works as an attorney at Much Shelist, specializing in assisting businesses with employment-related issues. He lives in Elmhurst with his wife, Faye, and three children, Conner, Olivia and Allison.