ELMHURST – In his second run for the state Senate's 24th District seat, Chris Nybo of Elmhurst is one step closer to victory after winning the Republican primary.
"I've been on both sides of a race like this," Nybo said. "Sometimes we've won, sometimes we've lost."
With about 58 percent of the vote in DuPage County and more than 15,500 votes total, according to preliminary results, Nybo, 36, won against another Elmhurst resident, Dennis Reboletti, who currently serves as state representatives for Illinois' 45th District.
"Dennis and I are friends and nothing about this changes that," Nybo said.
Nybo lost to Dillard in a 2012 primary election for the state's 24th District seat. While he believes he benefitted from not having to run against Dillard this time, Nybo also credited his campaign's positive twist.
"We remained optimistic until the very end of our campaign," Nybo said.
When Nybo announced his intent to run in November, he cited Illinois' pension crisis as his No. 1 priority. While in office, Nybo was the first Republican to sponsor the pension law passed last year.
"We need to get our economy back on top," Nybo said.
Nybo has said job creation and economic development are the biggest challenges facing Springfield. Tuesday night he said "without a doubt creating jobs," would be his biggest priority moving forward.
While 41st District state representative, Nybo worked successfully to pass laws banning Blagojevich-style billboards paid for by taxpayers and expanding the availability of food allergy medicine in schools.
"[Reboletti has] had a very distinguished career," said Nybo of his opponent.
Reboletti, 45, of Elmhurst has been a state representative since 2007 and boasted his experience as an assistant minority leader and floor leader for Illinois House Republicans during his campaign. He also championed his efforts as a former prosecuter to to fight the presence of heroin in DuPage County.
"His voice will be missed in the General Assembly," Nybo said.
Reboletti also named his negotiating role in passing Illinois' concealed carry law and successful efforts to pass Andrea's Law which tracks murderers released from corrections as two of his biggest accomplishments as 45th District representative.
Reducing the tax burden and for families and turning Illinois into a destination economy were priorities Reboletti named for Springfield.
Reboletti could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Nybo will run against Democratic candidate Suzy Glowiak of Western Springs in November for Illinois' 24th District Senate seat.
While Glowiak lives in Western Springs, Nybo believes he has plenty of supporters there.
"The western suburbs need a strong moderate voice," Nybo said.