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Dillard Gets Landslide Win Over Nybo in 24th Senate District Race

The district includes all or part of Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Oak Brook, Western Springs, and Wheaton.

Updated at 11:05 p.m.

State Sen. (R-Hinsdale) grabbed more than 60 percent of the vote and beat Rep.  (R-Lombard) for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 24th Senate District in Tuesday's General Primary.  

The incumbent has served the 24th District since 1993.

"I take this as a nice referendum on my leadership style," Dillard said over the phone after the win became official. "It shows that people understand results and want state legislators to work in collaboration without ever giving up their principles."

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in both DuPage and Cook counties, Dillard had 19,145 total votes (62 percent) to Nybo's 11,928 (32 percent).

Nybo, who has represented the state's 41st House District since 2011, said he had a grass-roots campaign that did the best it could against an opponent in Dillard who had establishment support.

"I’m proud of the way we ran the race," Nybo said. "I'm proud of the volunteers that helped out."

He credited Democratic redistricting with forcing him into a race against Dillard.

"The Democrats got exactly what they wanted," said Nybo, who described himself as someone who fights for pension reform and stands up against insider deals. "They have one less person down there like me to contend with beginning in 2013."

Nybo said he has no immediate plans to run for office again in the future and is looking forward to spending time with his family. 

Dillard, who once was chief of staff for Gov. Jim Edgar, said he respected Nybo for being a "tenacious campaigner." 

Dillard will face  in the November General Election after Ghani ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination Tuesday. 

In answering a Patch questionnaire, Dillard said his prioirities if re-elected in November would be to make Illinois a "destination economy" for job-creators and to protect taxpayers from further "raids" on their pocketbooks by state agencies.  

Dillard is 56 years old and lives in Hinsdale, where he was raised, with his wife and two daughters.

FINAL RESULTS:  

Republican

Kirk Dillard is nominated for the General Election ballot and will face Democrat A. Ghani, whose nomination bid was unopposed.

Cook DuPage Precincts Reporting: 6 of 6 216 of 216   Votes Votes Total 767 18,378 19,145 (62%)
251 11,677 11,928 (38%)
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Mr. Nimble, we found ourselves in a very difficult situation with the redistricting and there were no easy decisions. That being said, two honorable men ran against one another and the voters chose Senator Dillard this time. No one really likes the opposite campaign in these intramural contests. We weren't in love with the missiles coming our way either. The race is over, the acrimony should subside and it is time to support Kirk and we do. Chris and Kirk have had a few opportunities to speak since the election and Kirk is very aware that the full resources of the Nybo organization are with him going forward. That's no small commitment. We are also very committed to helping Dan Kordik who is a close personal friend of ours. We offered him some help in his race, but obviously didn't have a lot of time or resources to give him with a race of our own. We'll be out there supporting our ticket in full force. If we can help our worthy and honorable recent opponent become our Governor, we will. He's not our opponent as of Tuesday evening. He's our new Senator, a friend, and an ally in the good fight for getting Illinois back to a place of respectability.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Actually, Rep. Nybo has been in Springfield for 15 months. He was sworn in, in January of 2011. He had an opportunity to be sworn in early and declined, choosing instead to be sworn in with his elected class, forgoing any pension benefits that ended on 12/31/10. You can be critical, but you have an obligation to be honest.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 25, 2012 at 05:40 PM
LV, your take on this is so incredibly cynical and without merit, it's amazing. I'm sure Kirk will benefit greatly from having had to run a very comprehensive campaign against a very worthy opponent. No one works as hard as Chris Nybo. No one has an organization with such an effective operation. Kirk won a very hard fought race and has the most important endorsement to date now; the endorsement of Chris Nybo who ran an outstanding 9 month campaign. There were incredible resources called on to win this race. In the future, Kirk will benefit from being pushed to campaign very hard. To his credit, he met the challenge. He won decisively. We are all with him now in his November race and beyond. I'm positive he's very pleased to have that support going forward. I imagine he's not to thrilled with your inappropriate diatribe. Kirk has heard from all of us in the campaign and he's pleased to have our support.
J rogers November 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Dillard is a classes con man who has duped the idiots in DuPage. He is a backer, supporter and friend and helper of Cellini. Dillard was aware of the Chicago dens and mob associates put on the payroll by Janis and did nothing. He cannot be trusted and he's way too much in debt so he will do pay for play.
J rogers November 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
KEVIN--yOUR BOY dILLARD IS ABOUT TO FACE SOME REALLY EMBARASSING THINGS---GET OFF THE BANDWAGON.

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