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Dillard Endorsed by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren

The freshman representative who once worked alongside Dillard in the state Senate announced his endorsement in a release Wednesday morning.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) has endorsed State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) in his 24th Senate District Republican Primary race against State Rep. Chris Nybo (R-Lombard).

Hultgren, who was first elected to represent Illinois' 14th Congressional District in 2010, said he supports Dillard based on his first-hand knowledge of the incumbent.

"I had the opportunity to work closely with Senator Dillard in Springfield when I served as your Illinois State Senator," Hultgren said in a release Wednesday morning. "Kirk distinguishes himself from other General Assembly members with his skilled leadership qualities combined with his gift of working collaboratively with others."

Hultgren also said Dillard has the economic-policy experience needed to help solve Illinois' fiscal problems.  

"We must reform our pension system, repeal the 67 percent income tax hike, and control the excessive spending, borrowing and taxing policies of the current administration if we are to have any hope of developing realistic solutions," Hultgren said. "It is critical to all residents to have an experienced and respected Senator in Springfield developing clear policy objectives."

Hultgren's endorsement came two days after

The freshman representative Hultgren is running for re-election in his 14th District this year, but is unopposed in the Republican primary. 

For all the news on the 24th District race, and for extensive candidate bios, visit . 

Paul March 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It is quite obvious that Mr. Fitzpatrick from the Mr. Nybo’s campaign is writing these opinion letters. The use of empty words and the style that they are written in seem to point directly to him. It is also obvious that every time Senator Dillard gets another endorsement one of these opinion letters magically appears. This is the work of a propagandist! Don’t buy into it folks. There is less than two weeks left before the election and you will see more and more of it. In other words, if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s a duck!
Deke March 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
You are saying that the Nybo campaign wrote this piece on Dillard? Seems strange to me, but maybe you see something I don't. I have to say I have been very disappointed with some of the tactics that have been employed by the Dillard campaign and some of his supporters -- such as posting blatantly false statements about Nybo campaign workers on the Dillard campaign facebook page, posting personal insults directed against the wife of a Nybo campaign worker on this site, among other things. That does not impress me and I have no doubt voters are turned off by those kinds of tactics. If we are to have any hope of turning this State around, we need to elect people like Chris Nybo -- energetic, bright, committed to doing the right thing for his district and for the state, and committed to listening to his constituents. The status quo is not working.
Paul March 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Nice try Kevin
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
They can't.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Paul, Do you really think that the editors at this or any other publication don't review the letters they get and verify who the authors are? I wrote a single letter in favor of Chris Nybo. I didn't send it to the Patch because they don't have a site in the community I live in. Perhaps I should have sent one there. Our message has been consistent and clear since Chris had to make the choice to run for this seat. He wouldn't move for politics, so that meant run against Kirk or run against Patti Bellock. He made it clear why he chose what he chose. Now there's a race. You think every person who supports Chris is me. I can assure you, as can the Patch, that I have no aliases, just my given name, Kevin Fitzpatrick. Chris is very humbled by the kindness of so many citizens who are supporting him. It's a nice feeling.

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