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Dillard resigns as state senator, heads to Regional Transportation Authority

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 5:26 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, resigned his senate seat Sunday in his move to take over as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.

Dillard served more than 20 years as an Illinois state senator, and recently came in a close second in the republican gubernatorial primary to Bruce Rauner.

Dillard will begin work immediately as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees the nation's second largest mass transit system, according to a news release from Dillard's office.

"I've greatly enjoyed my work as a lawmaker," Dillard said in the release. "I respected the process and worked hard to honor the wishes of those who elected me and sent me to the General Assembly to work humbly on their behalf."

Former state legislator Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, is running for Dillard's seat against Suzanne Glowiak, D-Western Springs, in the November election. However, early indications are that Nybo may be appointed to serve the rest of Dillard's term.

DuPage County Republican Chairwoman Darlene Ruscitti will likely make that decision.

"It's bittersweet," Dillard said. "I look forward to my new life, having time to spend here in Chicagoland with my children."

But he said there is an upside.

"I get to sleep at home," he said. "I won't have to spend a hundred days in Springfield. But I'll miss it."

Dillard, who represented DuPage County's 24th District, served in the State Senate since 1994.

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