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Dillard for Senate District 24, GOP

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

There's something to say for political courage, and the challenger for the Republican seat in the 24th District Senate race says he has a lot of it. In his bid against longtime incumbent Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, attorney and state Rep. Chris Nybo of Elmhurst has emphasized the need for bold, independent action in Springfield. Still, there's also something to be said for experience, especially when it's mixed with a record of political collaboration, and we believe Dillard's record shows he would continue to serve the district and the state best. Since being first elected in 1994, Dillard has developed strong relationships with legislative leaders and earned a reputation as a skillful negotiator. Such influence has benefited the West suburban district, which covers parts of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard and Glen Ellyn. He offers a detailed plan for job creation and in the past has sponsored landmark legislation, including ethics reforms. Dillard, an attorney, served as former Gov. Jim Edgar's chief of staff, and he lost the GOP governor nomination two years ago by fewer than 200 votes. As a seasoned senator, he provides a solid suburban voice in state government.

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