LOMBARD – Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, took the oath of office to replace Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale in the Illinois Senate's 24th District on Wednesday in Lombard.
"I'm so happy and so proud that Chris Nybo will be my senator in Springfield," Dillard said.
A group of Illinois elected officials, including state Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno, joined Nybo supporters at the Sunken Garden Memorial at Lombard Common Park for the swearing in ceremony.
"I was delighted to step down early so that the district will have a seamless transition," said Dillard, who won the 2012 primary against Nybo.
Nybo's appointment comes after Dillard resigned from the state Senate on Sunday in order to accept his appointment as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.
"Kirk Dillard understands how to work with people. He has the history to know the issues that he's going to be facing. … We will miss him very, very much," Radogno said.
She then welcomed Nybo, who once helped with one of her campaigns, ringing doorbells, for the state Senate.
"[Nybo] is a guy who has had a long commitment to public service," Radogno said.
DuPage GOP Chairwoman Darlene Ruscitti and Lyons Township GOP committeeman James Falvey convened a committee, which appointed Nybo to be sworn in and fulfill the term. The overwhelming majority of the district is in DuPage County with a few precincts in Western Springs that define the makeup of the nominating committee.
Ruscitti, who represents more than 95 percent of the GOP weighted vote in the district, said in a news release she nominated Nybo because voters had already chosen him in the March primary.
After DuPage County Circuit Judge Brian McKillip swore in Nybo, the senator thanked his supporters and family. His wife, Faye, as well as their children, Connor, Olivia and Allison, joined Nybo while he spoke about his new job in the state Senate.
"Our state is drowning in debt, high unemployment, unsustainable pensions and pervasive corruption," said Nybo, who was a state representative from 2011 to 2013.
He said that too many businesses and people in the state want to say, "I quit," but Nybo promised not to give up on Illinois.
Nybo will face Suzanne Glowiak of Western Springs in the November general election for the same Senate seat.
"I will work as hard as I can to get our state back on the right track with the right priorities that will allow us to create jobs, restore fiscal health, and become the kind of state that we deserve to be," Nybo said.
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24th District: The district includes all or parts of Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Willowbrook, Westmont, Darien, Downers Grove, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Lisle.
Contact info: Constituents can reach Nybo and his District Director Lydia Krywaruczenko at 630-969-0990 or Westmont Centre, Suite 201, 1 S. Cass Ave. in Westmont.
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