Chris Nybo Announces Run for the New 24th Senate District

A move to a Senate race would prevent Nybo from having to run against Patti Bellock in the House.

State Rep. Chris Nybo (R-41st) announced Wednesday he will run for state Senate in the newly drawn 24th District. 

Nybo, currently serving his first term in the Illinois House, made the announcement at the Milton Township Republican Organization meeting.
“The newly drawn Democratic map has forced difficult choices for many of my colleagues," said Nybo, an Elmhurst resident. "By running for Senate in this new district, I can continue to represent the largest number of constituents from my current district, including those in Lombard, Elmhurst, Westmont and Oak Brook."

A run for a state House seat would have pitted him against state Rep. Patti Bellock (R-47th, Westmont).

“I did not want to run against my esteemed colleagues Patti Bellock or Sandy Pihos," Nybo said, although Pihos does not live in the district.

"There are far too few women in the state legislature, and both Patti and Sandy are among the most conscientious and committed legislators in Springfield. I would not be comfortable attempting to reduce the number of women representatives by even one.”
Nybo said that as a state Senator he wishes to continue his mission to create jobs and end state practices that discourage job growth and hamper business growth in Illinois. He said it is imperative elected officials work to restore the public trust and clean up state government. He said putting the state’s financial house in order has been one of his top priorities, and he intends to expand that as a senator.
“The culture in Springfield has been allowed to continue because we have too many life-long career politicians," he said. "I intend to fight for term limits and work with our communities to make sure we are sending independent Republicans to Springfield who will stand up for families and taxpayers, and then return to the private sector."

Cincinnatus September 21, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Kevin Fitzpatrick 11:44am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 said, "Ask yourself this. If your candidate is planning a run for Governor in two years, couldn't he be the statesman and step aside, focus on that run while not being subsidized with a State Senate salary for 2 more years." Seriously? Dillard has said nothing about running for governor again, and Dillard is the ONLY incumbent in SD24. The only major Republican backer of Nybo is Dan Rutherford, who has obviously decided he can use Nybo as a pawn to further help Rutherford's own state-wide ambitions by having Dillard expend resources to finish off Nybo. A better question to ask is why Nybo won't run with the backing of the ENTIRE DuPage and Republican organization (instead of an ostracized tiny faction) in the Villa Park are he currently represents? If Dillard were elected governor, Nybo would have the inside track on an appointment to the then vacant SD24. Only arrogance stands in his way...
John C September 21, 2011 at 05:45 PM
We're both part of the same hypocrisy, senator, but never think it applies to my family.- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Sorry Mr. Angel, I wasn't ignoring your questions, I just couldn't keep up with them. I think the no-bid contract you're referring to was for a parking garage in downtown Elmhurst. I really don't know all of the specific details, but there are "public acts" that don't require bids depending on circumstances around a project; i.e. environmental remediation, etc. There are 14 council members and this passed your council. It's usually better to open a bidding process, but not always. You do need to make sure the bidders can complete the work on time, on budget and to specifications. Anyone can bid. Not everyone can do the work. I'm not certain if that garage has been started or even completed yet. Do you know? I do know Elmhurst needs lots more parking downtown. That's a good problem. Frustrating...but good. I hope downtown Lombard needs a parking garage for shoppers in the future. Rep. Nybo will campaign for term limits. It's long been a fundamental belief of his that legislators should serve their time and then go back to private life. His legislative council is preparing a proposal on this very topic now. Put him down for "in favor" of term limits. The Lombard Village Board placed a referendum on the last ballot asking the residents a term limits question limiting Mayor, Clerk and Trustees to NO MORE than 3 full terms (12 years). The voters supported terms limits with 80% of the vote. Some thought 12 years was too long. I suspect the voters in Elmhurst would vote similarly.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 06:03 PM
How interesting is it that I have just been completely misquoted by "Anonymous"?
Cincinnatus September 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
You only need to move if you intent to be RE-ELECTED.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Frank, It's now 1:04pm CST. I can't see you. Are your fingers crossed behind your back? (...has said nothing about running for Governor) Does the 24th Senate District stretch to DuQuoin and multiple other county fair sites in the state? I would remind you that in the NEW S-24, Rep. Nybo, Rep. Reboletti, Rep. Bellock and Rep. Pihos are all incumbents. Do you speak for the entire DuPage Rep. Org.? Do you speak even for your own township? Chris wants to represent the people he represents the most now. You call it arrogance, I call it practical. For the record, we love Villa Park. The rest of that district is Addison, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Carol Stream, etc. He's never represented those areas. We'll strongly support Mr. Humes there. Just a subtle reminder; In the last General, you know, way back in 2010, Chris attained 68% of the vote in DuPage, the highest among any candidate whose district is based in DuPage. Look it up. It's there. The people still get to decide Frank, not some round table of guys who want to preserve the status quo. Things aren't so hot. BTW, Chris made it very clear to your candidate that if Rep. Bellock were to not run, he would have chose the house race in the 47th. She's running. He respects her enormously. He made a different choice. Not sure about the whole "pawn" thing. Does that make your guy king?
Cincinnatus September 21, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Your right, Kevin. This is tiring. I'll just quote my two of my previous posts and allow you to try as hard as you can to respond to it: "Cincinnatus 12:31pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 I encourage you all to visit: http://www.dillard.senategop.org/index.php/helpful-information-mainmenu-30/biography and then compare Nybo's accomplishments." "Cincinnatus 5:09pm on Monday, September 19, 2011 Dillard was the Chief Sponsor of the first major campaign finance and ethics reform legislation in 25 years in the state of Illinois, and won the Illinois Press Association “Legislative Service Award” for these efforts. The Doings said that, “Dillard earns high marks for his responsiveness and effectiveness." Daily Herald said Dillard was, “one of the most qualified individuals for the job of lawmaker. Dillard is thoughtful and reasonable.” Dillard was named the “Outstanding Legislator” by both bi-partisan and Republican legislator associations. Chicago Sun-Times said, “No other candidate comes close to matching his [Dillard's] experience in the executive and legislative branches of state government… and his proven ability to build cross-party coalitions without abandoning core Republican values.” Suburban Life chain of newspapers, “Dillard is a wise pick. Dillard knows our area, and he knows Springfield.”"
John C September 21, 2011 at 06:40 PM
it's from the Godfather...get a sense of humor
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM
A further analysis shows Nybo ran in that primary against two gentlemen who lived within a mile of his home. In his general election he carried 68% of DuPage voters- the highest % of any candidate from DuPage. Check it.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM
He's on the record AGAINST any expansion of gaming. Totally on the record AGAINST the Dream Act. There he stands and his leaders and colleagues know it.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM
No Bill, The Workers Comp Reform Bill was extraordinarily beneficial to small and large businesses. It was supported by every business organization in the state including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and it's affiliates.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Bill, In order, She's a township committeewoman. My firm does no "in kind" work. I'm a volunteer. I'm disclosing it to you. I don't know who walked door to door for who, but I did see a link for a national campaign commercial that demonstrated that a 52 year old did 2-3 years ago. You're right about the voters deciding. I've never heard him brag about a no bid contract. Don't know why anyone would. High school buddy in question has never donated more than $250 in any year to Chris. All told, a grand total of $825 in 4 years. I looked it up for you. You're $4200 off. All your numbers are off. Now, amuse yourself and look at what gambling interests and teachers unions have sent over to your candidate. Warning; they're bigger numbers than you're used to.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Michael, I beg your pardon. By no stretch of even your imagination am I on the state payroll. To me, my wife is a saint. I'm a little worried about your obsession though. Referring to Tea Party people as "teabaggers" is uncouth. Nyboite is OK with me.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Sorry Mike. It is petition time. If someone approaches you, a polite no thank you does the trick.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 21, 2011 at 10:41 PM
By the way, who's Peyton?
Cincinnatus September 22, 2011 at 01:34 PM
If on the record you mean skipping out on the vote, then yeah, he's on the record.
Cincinnatus September 22, 2011 at 01:36 PM
And here lies the only post for which Nybo has no answer...
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 22, 2011 at 04:18 PM
No actually Frank, it is on the record. You know he missed the vote because he and others were asked to meet with the Governor on Memorial Day. I know you know, because I told you this. On the very next legislative day, he added to the record his opposition to Gaming Expansion and the Dream Act. All of the vote counters (whips) knew exactly where he was on these issues and it's in the record. Your candidate voted in favor of both. Follow the money.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 22, 2011 at 04:22 PM
In 2000, the Community Organizer, State Senator and Professor who taught a voting rights class at U of C couldn't afford nationally broadcasted TV commercials. When he could, his colleague, your candidate, obliged.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 22, 2011 at 04:31 PM
You're right Frank. We won't be posting our own self-congratulatory web page here. We'll make a case with the people. They get to decide.
Cincinnatus September 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Interesting. No other House members missed those votes. So, as I understand it, meeting with Quinn took precedent over voting for his constituents. I see now.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM
You've just demonstrated that you don't understand it. Where is your guy on the Dream Act and Gambling Expansion, Frank? He voted for both of them. Follow the money.
Darlene Heslop September 22, 2011 at 10:40 PM
you're right - thank you for the clarification - all the more reason that maybe state rep. nybo has not made the best choice... .
Darlene Heslop September 22, 2011 at 11:04 PM
garage in question is completed - has been since springtime. contract was "no bid" - hiffman, friend of nybo, benefitted - hiffman is now slated to build controversial up to 6 story building in downtown elmhurst - to the point that the zoning code has been up to be changed to automatically allow the 6 stories w/out variance hearing.
Bill Angel September 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM
We sure miss Nybo on the Elmhurst City council with his Roberts Rule of Order in hand! There are plenty of good tapes of Nybo losing his cool and bullying the female Council women over small potatoe stuff. Interesting that Nybo was missing on the day of final vote for increasing City taxes. bho taught Nybo the art of "do nothing" well.
Jerry September 23, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Kevin, after reading all the comments here, it appears you knew more about Nybo's campaigning for Obama than you let on at first.
Cincinnatus September 23, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Well, Kevin. Nybo's vote for his Big Business Buddies costs Elmhurst Hospital millions of dollars. Millions. Per year. Those additions costs will add to the amount that residents who use Elmhurst Hospital pay. So much for your claims to be standing up for the residents of Elmhurst.
Kevin Fitzpatrick September 23, 2011 at 08:47 PM
How about you document that Frank. It will actually save the largest employer in Elmhust, yes Elmhurst Hospital huge sums of money it pays as an employer. This hypocrisy is well below your higher intelligence level. Your candidate, Mr. Dillard voted for the very same bill in the senate where it passed significantly with bipartisan support. Did he vote for it hoping it would fail in the house? Elmhurst Hospital as an employer will come out well ahead. Doctors will receive less for Workman's Comp Claims, that's true. Your argument was it didn't go far enough...and it doesn't. It needs to be addressed more in the future. Little businesses are helped by this even more than big businesses. Just ask them. They'll tell you. We had 2 of our legislative committees work hard on this. Maybe I'll have an Elmhurst small business guy give you a call and explain it to you.
Michael Hassan September 26, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Leave the gun ~ take the Cannoli... Hey gang I'm back in town and enjoying reading the back-log of posts...
Michael Hassan September 26, 2011 at 04:37 PM
You hit the bullseye Mr. Angel.


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