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updated: 11/2/2010 11:24 PM

Reboletti wins re-election in 46th Dist.

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    Dennis Reboletti


Republican incumbent Dennis Reboletti will retain his seat as state representative for the 46th District, as voters Tuesday chose to give him another term.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday, Reboletti had received 58 percent of the vote compared to the 42 percent Democratic challenger Deborah O'Keefe Conroy received.

"I am very humbled that the people have given me another opportunity to represent them in Springfield and it's a great honor to do that," Reboletti said. "I think they've rejected the Chicago machine politics that were brought here and they're looking forward for an opportunity for me to work with my new colleagues in the General Assembly."

Reboletti, 41, of Elmhurst, has been serving as the 46th District representative since 2007 after being elected in November 2006. He has an 8-year-old son, Zachary, and is engaged to be married. He also works as a defense attorney, and said he is in the process of starting an independent practice.

Fixing the state's budget will be the first item on Reboletti's agenda, he said Tuesday, as reform is needed during this time of economic hardship Reboletti called a "crossroads."

"I want to tackle the budget mess immediately, not wait until May to discuss it," he said. "I want to sit down with business owners, not only in my district, but in the whole state, to discuss ways to make Illinois a destination economy."

Reboletti said during the campaign he opposes civil unions and gay marriages.

"I don't think that my faith has taught me that (civil unions and gay marriages are) something that should be recognized by the state," Reboletti said during a Daily Herald endorsement interview.

Reboletti and Conroy both attend Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Parish in Elmhurst.

Reboletti was elected for a 2-year term to represent the district, which includes parts of Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst, Itasca, Lombard, Villa Park and Wood Dale.