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Letter: Dillard's Long Tenure is the Best Reason Not to Re-elect Him

Elmhurst resident believes term limits are in order, plans to vote for Nybo.

I live in the newly drawn 24th Senate District of Illinois in Elmhurst and must choose between Kirk Dillard and Chris Nybo in the upcoming primary.

Kirk Dillard has been an Illinois State Senator for 18 years and has been part of the political system in Springfield for more than 25 years.  During that time, Illinois has spiraled deeper and deeper into debt and amassed a $120 billion pension obligation.  Politicians like Dillard have been diligent in awarding college scholarships to their friends and supporters and have stuck taxpayers with the bill. Dillard has a million-dollar state pension while our state’s vendors strangle on millions of dollars of unpaid invoices.

Mr. Dillard, along with the likes of Mike Madigan and John Cullerton, lack the desire, the ability or both to do what needs to be done for the citizens of Illinois. They have shirked their responsibilities as legislators to hang on for another term. The fact that Dillard has been in office so long is the single best reason not to re-elect him. The damage to the State of Illinois has occurred on his watch.

In stark contrast, Chris Nybo has proven to be a passionate and effective first term legislator in the General Assembly. Nybo casts his votes with the best interests of Illinois taxpayers in mind. Chris demonstrated his commitment to the people of Illinois when he reached across the aisle and provided critical support for a worker’s comp bill that significantly improved Illinois’ dysfunctional system.  Chris Nybo has recently filed legislation for term limits for Illinois legislators, which is to me clear evidence that he is a different breed of public servant.  Nothing short of term limits will save us from the likes of Madigan, Cullerton, and yes, Dillard.

I will vote for Chris Nybo. If you want to help rid our state of self-serving, ineffective politicians who have carefully guarded the status quo for decades, I suggest you do the same.

—Mike Hartley

Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
"Dillard earns our endorsement in this Senate race because he gets results. He's been eager to get out in front on issues... But he [Nybo] has also alienated many people with his highly off-putting style. Not exactly the force we envisioned. Lord knows Springfield pols need to hear blunt language about their failings, but Nybo has much to learn about securing support if he wants to get things done." - Chicago Tribune Sunday, 3/4/2012
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
"... I would like you to know that I'll be voting for Senator Dillard on March 20... I believe Kirk Dillard is the most capable candidate in this race..." - Dan Cronin
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
"... we believe Dillard’s record shows he would continue to serve the district and the state best... He offers a detailed plan for job creation and in the past has sponsored landmark legislation, including ethics reforms..." - Daily Herald 2/24/2012
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
"I am writing to express my strong support and endorsement for Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard in his primary election on March 20, 2012." Rep. Randy Hultgren
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
"State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) has strongly endorsed Senator Kirk Dillard (R-24) in Dillard’s bid for reelection to the Illinois State Senate.: The Patch - 2/22/2012
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
"At the York Township Republican Committeemen meeting, Illinois State Senator and long-time Elmhurst Police Chief John Millner (R-Carol Stream) endorsed Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) in Dillard’s race for re-election to the 24th Senatorial District. Millner is also a Past President of the Illinois Police Chiefs Association."
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
“I’ve known Kirk Dillard during my time as a police officer and now as mayor. He and his family are long-time residents of this area. We need Kirk’s leadership, especially during these tumultuous times in Springfield.” Mayor Tony Ragucci - Oakbrook Terrace
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I'm writing to you to express my strong support and endorsement for State Senator Kirk Dillard for the Republican Primary on March 20,2012. I can say from first-hand experience that [his] style of movement [is] "if you can't afliord it, you can't spend it." I like that, and I'm sure you do too. He's smart, he's responsive, he's productive. Simply put, Kirk has become one of the most effective and respected leaders in lllinois. Congresswoman Judy Biggert March, 2012
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
“Sen. Kirk Dillard is the voice of families in Illinois and we must return Kirk Dillard to Springfield so we can draw on his valuable experience in creating jobs to get Illinois working again, protecting our families, controlling our out-of-control state budget and providing accountability in state government.” Rep. Jim Durkin - Assistant Republican Illinois House Leader February, 2012
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
"For those that know me well, this is the very first time I have ever written an endorsement letter for a candidate. I cannot let this opportunity go by without making sure constituents of the new 24th Senate District read my personal experiences and observations of Senator Dillard. Kirk distinguishes himself from other General Assembly members with his skilled leadership qualities, which I believe are born out his vision for the final product, combined with his gift of working collaboratively with others to attain an end result." Rep. Sandra Pihos - Illinois 42 District
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
"Kirk Dillard is a “workhorse” on complex issues. " Jim Ryan - Former Illinois Attorney General and Elmhurst Resident
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
"Kirk is one of the state’s most highly regarded legislators. We need his leadership now more than ever." Hon. Lee Daniels - Former Illinois House Speaker and Elmhurst Resident
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The Nybo Record: DuPage Zoning Commission - Left commission after only 3 months of 4 year term Elmhurst Police/Fire Commission - Did not complete term to run for Alderman Elmhurst Alderman - Did not complete term to run for Representative State Representative - Began running for Senate after serving only a few month
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Frank, it appears when a citizen speaks up, you get a bit sensitive. A litany of long term incumbents supporting Kirk Dillard isn't exactly "man bites dog". In your post above, you state that Chris left the Zoning Commission after 3 months. Actually he served a full term before being reappointed. So, really 4 years and 3 months. After winning his race to be State Representative, he resigned after 3 years and 9 months on the City Council. You're just a little fast and loose with the truth Frank, but we're not expecting much more. The people of Elmhurst know how hard Chris works. If you don't go along and get along in Springfield that's off-putting. I think the citizens get that. They're feeling pretty "put off" by the comfort class right now. Read the letter again. That's an endorsement.
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Yes, it is apparent to anyone how hard Chris works... for Chris.
Just -a- taxpayer March 05, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Kevin, who is Frank? Are you saying Cincinnatus is Frank? The only comments above yours are from Cincinnatus.
Cincinnatus March 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I am Frank Canzolino. I work for Citizens for Kirk Dillard. Kevin is a chief advisor for Citizens for Chris Nybo. His wife is the Legislative District Office Manager for Nybo, and is paid a stipend by Citizens for Chris Nybo.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
To be completely on the record, I'm a Gemini. My wife is also the mother of 3 wonderful children and a terrific wife. She earns a very, very modest salary and a tiny stipend. Frank is the guy who brings my wife into every conversation. He might be smitten.
Sean Johnders March 06, 2012 at 12:33 AM
As I drive around making my deliveries, it's fascinating to see signs go up, signs come down, signs go up, signs come down. The sign makers must love this ridiculous environment. I see couple of judges have their information in a cube box over on the right side of some of the Patch pages. I see them every day, not sure who they are but I click on them an learn more.
Sean O'Meara March 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
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Sean O'Meara March 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Mr. Fitzpatrick - You comment quite frequently on these blogs and have criticized Kirk Dillard by saying that he has made a career of public service. Don't you find it hypocritical that your wife (and I'm sure she is a wonderful person), accepts taxpayer money, or any money for helping a public servant like Chris Nybo? This is the type of inconsistency that resonates from the entire Nybo camp. It is more than likely the reason Senator Dillard won a clean sweep of all the notable endorsements. If you are committed to reform, as you say Nybo is, than stop accepting money for supporting a public servant which will transform your efforts into public service. Reap what you sow.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Mr. O'Meara, Yes, Mr. Dillard has been in Springfield since the Jim Thompson administration. I'd call that a career. No. My wife worked in the same capacity for Rep. Biggins prior to Rep. Nybo being elected. You're right, she's an absolutely wonderful person and a blessing to me. There is no inconsistency to receiving a salary as a District Director. It's a very important job that pays woefully little. The compensation of helping people makes up for the very low pay. Senator Dillard is a nice and affable man who's been in Springfield for a long time. His colleagues of two decades or so are supporting him. That's the most likely reason. The most notable endorsements are those of the people who live in the Districts Mr. O'Meara; like the letter writer above. Those are the folks who matter most, not the retired, nearly retired establishment class who are living very comfortably on the pension you, me, my children and future grandchildren have provided. I accept no money for my work sir. I never have. I've been treated to lots of lemonade and slews of patty melts, but that's it. I don't even take gas money. Mr. Dillard, by the way, pays himself a campaign per diem for campaigning. I'm happy to reap good honest government for what I've sown. That's all.
Cincinnatus March 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Certainly, Kevin must be ignorant of the fact that Nybo sought all of the endorsements that Dillard received. Nybo filled out the same questionnaires, he attended the same interviews. He was viewed as the lesser candidate pure and simple. Disingenuous, Kevin, and as usual, misleading. I would also point out that we have received several calls from people in the gaming industry saying that just last week, Nybo was lobbying for contributions. Hypocritical on Nybo's part? The voters WILL judge.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Frank, ignorant is a rather strong word. Chris Nybo has not sought the endorsements of any politician, especially those who overstayed their time. He's on the record for term limits. As for questionnaires, he filled out most every one he received. Those are generally to inform the public. We did not seek any contribution of any kind from the teacher's unions or gambling interests. Why would we? Have you read the questionnaires or the local papers? We're not interested in any of that tainted money. Don't need it. Don't want it. Here's who your candidate reported taking money from this week (by law, since you have to report contributions over $1K within 48 hours). Kirk's most recent benefactors: 3/3 $2,500 Lunch Pail Republicans PAC 3/3 $2,500 Richard Duchossois 3/3 $10,000 Illinois Federation of Teachers COPE 3/3 $1,000 Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association 3/3 $1,000 Hill Mechanical Services 3/3 $1,000 R.E. Berres 3/3 $2,550 Mark Wright
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 07, 2012 at 04:47 PM
And this from Crain's yesterday: Big campaign cash flowing into General Assembly races March 06, 2012 Some big money is piling into races for the Illinois General Assembly, with $4.6 million in campaign cash raised in January alone, a civic watchdog group says. According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the biggest war chests are concentrated in Republican races, two for the Senate and one for the House. Incumbent Dave Syverson and challenger Christine Johnson had pulled in $401,400 and $179,600, respectively in the Rockford-area 35th District. Just behind that was a contest pitting Sen. Kirk Dillard ($396,900) against state Rep. Chris Nybo ($115,900) in DuPage County. That's a lot of gambling and teacher's union and liquor money flying in Frank. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120306/BLOGS02/120309870/big-campaign-cash-flowing-into-general-assembly-races Pardon my ignorance Frank. I'm just trying to keep up with your keen insights.

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