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Letter: Chris Nybo Delivered on Promises He Made When He Was Sent to Springfield

Candidates in the 24th Senate race are clearly different from one another.

Unlike some primary elections where the candidates barely differ, the race between Chris Nybo and Kirk Dillard presents a clear contrast for voters. The race is easy to cast as energetic Nybo versus experienced Dillard or, as some have called it, conservative Nybo versus moderate Dillard. But the best comparison may be promises kept versus promises broken.

Chris was sent to Springfield in 2010 with the charge from voters to clean things up. As a first-term legislator, he got the “Blagojevich billboards” outlawed, so that our tax dollars could not be used to put politicians’ names on our highways. Chris also cleared the legal roadblocks keeping school nurses from administering an EpiPen to children with severe food allergies. Like he said he would, Chris opposed red light cameras, opposed the bill to put five new casinos in our state, opposed a bill to allow Chicago to take citizens’ Illinois tax refunds to pay outstanding city parking tickets, and supported serious pension reform.

Dillard, however, said he opposed gambling expansion, but he took thousands in gambling money and voted for five new casinos and new slot machines across the state. Dillard said he opposed red light cameras, but he took red light camera company money and voted to allow red light cameras to give speeding tickets. Dillard said he supported pension reform, but he recently took tens of thousands of dollars from teachers’ unions and voted “present” when it came time to vote for strong pension reform. Dillard said he opposed taxpayer funding of research that destroys human embryos, but he made speeches in favor of and cast crucial votes to create the program to funnel tax dollars to this unproven, ethically questionable research.

For a discerning voter who cares about the future, this is not a difficult choice. The future is better left in the hands of a hardworking “promises kept” legislator like Chris Nybo. I would encourage a vote for Nybo for Senate.

—Peter Breen

an Elmhurst mom March 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Well said. Candidates with integrity don't come around often in Illinois government. Chris Nybo is a hard worker and an honorable man. If we don't vote for candidates like Nybo when they come around, we have no one to blame but ourselves for Illinois government staying the way it has been for years.. stagnant and corrupt.
Cincinnatus March 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Nybo did not vote on the Gaming bill. You can only be against something where you record a vote on final passage (SB0744), which he did not do since he was meeting with Governor Quinn. Perhaps he dodged because his Cook-couty based campaign strategist is a registered lobbyist for the States' biggest casino, and Nybo's law firm represents gambling clients in Illinois, according to the Secretary of States office. By not voting, he did not have to claim on the floor of the House any conflicts of interest.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Actually Frank, and you already know this, Chris Nybo was not on the floor during the vote and won't leave his key in and let anyone else vote for him. He immediately added his "no" vote to the record on Gambling Expansion. No one was the least bit surprised or unsure of where Chris Nybo is or has been on Gambling expansion. He has no conflict on Gambling Expansion. He has declared that his large law firm has done work in the industry. He has not. Every large firm in the city has some division working in the industry Frank. Your candidate's probably does. His campaign strategist is a registered lobbyist for the state's biggest casino??? Really. I'm not sure which casino is even the state's largest. I'm not a registered lobbyist for anyone. If you're talking about our mail consultant, that's kind of a stretch Frank. That person does mail design for lots of people. Is this an appropriate time to suggest that while in the Senate, your candidate registered as a Lobbyist. That's quite a story. On SB 744, could you do us all a favor and report what Chris Nybo's votes were on the first two readings of the bill? I know the answer, but I'd like you to let everyone know how he voted twice, and then added to the record his preference on the third and final reading. If we're going to get into reporting on "did not vote" or "present" votes, you're going to be in for a very long evening Frank.
Cincinnatus March 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Kevin said, "His campaign strategist is a registered lobbyist for the state's biggest casino??" As usual, you think this comment is about you. It is not... Think initials DP...
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 13, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Actually I think it's more about FC trying to be a QT.
Lombard Voter March 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM
It is report card time and educated voters had better check the progress of state rep Nybo as word is he has failed the voters time and time again....you can see for yourself at http://www.real-nybo-record.com/home.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
My dad used to have a saying. "If 6 malcontents went to a sold out baseball game, they'd be sitting together by the 7th inning". Well, it's the 7th inning and here they are. People should go to this site and see what the malcontents do and say. Nybo's record is indisputable. It's public record- the most productive year for any freshman legislator that anyone can remember. His legislation was enacted into law.
Lombard Voter March 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Nybo's record does indeed speak volumes....he missed out on key votes and turned against the Republican caucus. And not even done with his first term he has already put his sights on what's next rather than than strive to do what is right. What a shame as at one time he seemed to hold such promise and a future in Springfield and beyond.....

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