Chris Nybo appointed to replace Dillard in state Senate

Chris Nybo. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Chris Nybo. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Chuck Fieldman
cfieldman@pioneerlocal.com | @chuckwriting
Aug. 5 6 a.m.

Republican Chris Nybo was appointed Monday to fill a state Senate seat he unsuccessfully sought two years ago.

Nybo will replace Sen. Kirk Dillard, who resigned Sunday in order to accept his appointment as chairman of the RTA.

DuPage County Republican Chairman Darlene Ruscitti and Lyons Township GOP Committeeman James Falvey appoint Nybo, using weighted votes from the turnout in the last Republican primary. Under Illinois law, party leaders fill a vacancy when somebody from their party steps down.

The overwhelming majority of the district is in DuPage County with a few precincts in Western Springs that define the makeup of the nominating committee, and Ruscitti had 95 percent weighted vote in choosing the successor. Nybo already is the Republican nominee in November’s election for the 24th District Senate seat, and faces Democrat Suzy Glowiak, a Western Springs trustee, in the November election.

Glowiak said she wasn’t surprised by the appointment.

“We expected that would happen; he’ll be keeping my seat warm until I get there,” she said.

Ruscitti said it was clear from the start Nybo was the candidate.

“The people spoke clearly in the March primary with their strong support for Chris Nybo to fill the extraordinary shoes of Sen. Dillard in this district,” Ruscitti said. “Committeeman Falvey and I followed their lead and nominated the candidate they chose.”

Nybo had challenged Dillard two years ago for the seat, but Dillard easily defeated him. Dillard did not seek re-election this year, choosing instead to run for governor, where he lost to Bruce Rauner in the primary. Nybo defeated state Rep. Chris Reboletti in the March primary.

“It is an honor to be succeeding Sen. Dillard. Though no one can fill his shoes, he leaves a legislative legacy to be admired and emulated,” Nybo said in a statement. “I will do my best to make the transition from this respected senator as seamless as possible.”

Nybo was to be sworn in Wednesday at the Sunken Garden Memorial at the south end of Lombard Common Park in Lombard. GOP Senate Leader Christine Radogno and Dillard were expected to attend the ceremony.

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