Monday, November 14, 2011

Jim Ryan Endorses Kirk Dillard in his ReElection Bid to IL Senate

In a letter to residents of the Illinois 24th Senatorial District, former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and several noteworthy leaders endorsed Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) in his bid for reelection. Considered one of the most successful prosecutors in the state, Ryan has earned the respect and admiration of many throughout Illinois.

Ryan called Dillard, “One of the finest and most honorable people I have known.” He cited Dillard’s work when Ryan was Attorney General, specifically Dillard’s sponsorship of Ryan’s “Safe to Learn” Act which helps ensure children’s school safety. “Few people in politics earn the respect that Senator Dillard has over his distinguished career.” The readers of West Suburban Living voted Dillard to be the local politician with the most integrity. Ryan went on to say, “We need a Senator that has the broad experience, proper demeanor, and integrity to represent the entire district. Senator Dillard is clearly that person.”

Ryan describes how Dillard has helped the residents throughout the 24th Senate District. Ryan outlined how Dillard, working with local officials, obtained the funds to improve North Avenue, St. Charles Road and Butterfield Road/22nd Street, assisted with the purchase of Elmhurst Stone Quarry for Elmhurst flood abatement, and helped obtain the renovation monies for York Community High School. Ryan called Dillard a “workhorse” on complex issues in Illinois.

In addition to Ryan, others endorsing Dillard in the letter include former Illinois House Speaker Lee Daniels, John, Sr. and Reva Lizzadro, former Elmhurst Police Chief and current Illinois State Senator John Millner, and the late Congressman Henry Hyde’s son, Anthony.

After receiving the news of his endorsement, Dillard said, “I am humbled to receive the endorsements. It is an honor that these community leaders are supporting me in my reelection efforts. I am completely committed to continuing serving this area.”

Dillard currently represents the 24th Illinois Senate District. Municipalities included in the newly redistricted 24th Senate District are Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Oakbook Terrace, Westmont, Wheaton and Willowbrook. Dillard is a longtime resident of Hinsdale, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their two young daughters.

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