LOMBARD - Wednesday afternoon, the people of DuPage County's 24th District will have a new state senator. Attorney Chris Nybo, who won the GOP nomination in March to succeed State Senator Kirk Dillard.
Dillard officially resigned Monday from his 24th District seat to chair the Regional Transportation Authority.
DuPage County GOP officials met Monday afternoon to confirm Nybo to fulfill Dillard's term, and Nybo was picked because that's who DuPage County voters indicated they wanted to represent them, County Chairman Darlene Ruscitti said in a statement.
"The people certainly voted for Chris Nybo to be on the ballot in November. We wanted to make sure we did what was in the best interest for the people in that district and what was in the best interest of the DuPage Republican party," she said.
"It is an honor to be succeeding Sen. Dillard," Nybo said in a release. "Though no one can fill his shoes, he leaves a legislative legacy to be admired and emulated. I will do my best to make the transition from this respected senator as seamless as possible. I look forward to working with him in our new roles serving the great people of Illinois."
Dillard served the 24th district for two decades and ran for governor in 2010 and 2014.
Nybo challenged Dillard in 2012 for his senate seat, then defeated State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Addison) in the March GOP primary.
A swearing in ceremony will be held 5:00 PM Wednesday afternoon at Lombard Commons.