Former state Rep. Chris Nybo says he's joining the Republican primary race to succeed Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Illinois Senate.
Nybo will take on state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, a fellow Elmhurst Republican, in the race. Reboletti announced his candidacy in September.
Nybo served in the Illinois House from 2011 until January of this year but lost a primary campaign in 2012 for Senate against Dillard. The attorney says he's motivated by lawmakers' having not yet dealt with the state's $100 billion in pension debt.
"I fought for meaningful pension reform until the final hours of my term," Nybo said in a statement. "But 'do-nothing' politicians blocked our efforts and, after yet another year, they have continued to obstruct needed reforms."
Reboletti has served in the Illinois House since 2007 and is part of House Republican Leader Jim Durkin's leadership team.
Last year, Reboletti ran for election in a district he didn't live in because of how Democrats drew new political boundaries.
He never moved into the House district and couldn't run there in 2014, so he decided to run for Dillard's seat in the Illinois Senate.
Dillard is running for governor and can't run to keep his Senate seat at the same time.
"With Sen. Dillard leaving, it leaves a large void in the representation for the people of DuPage County. I believe that I will be the right person to fill that void," Reboletti said at the time.
Nybo had an active first term in the Illinois House, winning approval for a new law encouraging Illinois schools to have medicine on hand to prevent food allergy attacks.
The 24th Senate District includes parts of Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Westmont.