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Are you proud of the state of this state? Happy with the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation?
If the status quo meets your needs and wants — for yourself but also for the young people in your life who’ll inherit the public debts and other debris — then you’ll probably ignore the March 18 Illinois primary. Why change anything?
If, however, you aspire to rescue moribund Illinois, this election is one place to start. Some voters have an opportunity to hold public officials responsible for their role in stunting economic growth, spending money they don’t have, and burying taxpayers in public indebtedness. And some voters have an opportunity to reward courage, to assist incumbents who face opposition because they have challenged the status quo.
24th District: Sen. Kirk Dillard is pursuing a bid for governor, which opens up this seat. State Rep. Dennis Reboletti and former state Rep. Chris Nybo, both of Elmhurst, are running in the Republican primary.
Reboletti, a former prosecutor, serves as an assistant Republican leader. He has cast some troubling votes that protected the status quo in state and local government. He voted against giving the poorest children in Chicago a chance to choose their own schools. His record on pension reform has been spotty. He voted against several pension reform measures until he knew he would face a primary challenge, and then he supported the reform bill that became law. He voted against a workers compensation bill that has saved money for businesses.
Two years ago we were critical of Nybo’s style when he ran against Dillard. Nybo can be brash. But we know this: He supports aggressive pension reform. He would have protected children on school choice. He was the only Republican to vote for the work comp reform law. He has demonstrated a welcome streak of independence.
There have been too many mystifying votes by Reboletti. He has gotten too comfortable. Nybo is endorsed.