- Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2012
From the Chicago Tribune: You'd think a freshman representative who wants to take out a 17-year senator from his own party would arm himself with a long list of occasions on which the veteran had failed his constituents. But first-term Republican Rep. Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst faults Sen. Kirk Dillard, of Hinsdale, mostly for his longevity.
We endorsed Nybo in his 2010 House race, predicting he would be "a force in Springfield." He had a respectable first year, shepherding through a bill to provide potentially lifesaving epi pens in schools. But he has also alienated many people with his highly off-putting style. Not exactly the force we envisioned. Lord knows Springfield pols need to hear blunt language about their failings, but Nybo has much to learn about securing support if he wants to get things done.
But for 193 votes, Dillard would probably be running the state today. That was his margin of defeat in the 2010 Republican primary for governor. Dillard earns our endorsement in this Senate race because he gets results. He's been eager to get out in front on issues like work-rule changes at McCormick Place and a measure to prevent dangerous doctors from preying on patients. He sponsored legislation to require rigorous audits of Medicaid payments. He's pushed for ethics reforms and for business incentives to keep major employers from fleeing Illinois.