Suburban Sen. Dan Duffy resigning early to lead children's advocacy group

  • State Sen. Dan Duffy

    State Sen. Dan Duffy

Updated 3/16/2016 2:41 PM

State Sen. Dan Duffy will step down in April, about nine months before his term ends, to lead Prevent Child Abuse America.

"I think I'm on to my next and final phase of my career," Duffy said Wednesday. "This (new) job combines my passion for business, politics and public service."


Duffy, who is in his second term representing the 26th Senate District, chose not to seek re-election this year.

Chicago-based Prevent Child Abuse America works to promote the healthy development of children and prevent child abuse before it can occur, according to its website. The organization has chapters in every state to advocate for strategies, activities and services that improve the well-being of children.

"92 cents of every dollar goes toward services," Duffy said. "It's a great nonprofit where I really can make a difference in the lives of children."

It's not yet know whether someone will be appointed to fill the remainder of Duffy's term, but he hopes his chosen successor, Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, gets the nod.

McConchie is well positioned to replace Duffy in the General Assembly next year, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's GOP primary. With 91 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon, McConchie held a 1,570-vote lead over Casey Urlacher and 2,221-vote lead over Martin McLaughlin.

No Democrat is currently running in the race.

The 26th District encompasses portions of central and southwest Lake County, and parts of northwest Cook County, northeast Kane County, and southeast McHenry County

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