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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

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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