Two DuPage County Republicans are seeking their party's nomination in the March 20 primary for the 24th District Senate seat.
Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, a 17-year incumbent, is being challenged by state Rep. Chris Nybo of Elmhurst. The winner will advance to the November general election to face Democrat A. Ghani of Oak Brook.
The 24th District includes all or parts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, Westmont, Wheaton and Willowbrook.
The Daily Herald recently asked both GOP candidates several questions related to their district. Some of their answers are presented here, for a look at all of them visit dailyherald.com.
Q. What is your Number 1 campaign issue?
Dillard: Make Illinois a destination economy for job creators.
My goal is to encourage job growth by developing an efficient, transparent and ethical state government with less regulation and lower taxes. I was the author of the 2011 Senate Republican "Jobs Recovery Plan to Transform Illinois into a Destination Economy" available on my website at www.kdillard.com which can be obtained by clicking the green and yellow icon that shows "30 Tips" ...
Importantly, I am a leading voice for DuPage suburban voters on matters pertaining to our economy such as keeping the Chicago Democrats from raiding the tollway operating monies, preserving stable Metra reliable service for the hundreds of thousands of suburban commuters (Four of the five busiest Metra stops in Chicagoland are in my district).
I was the leading legislator in bringing $50 million for the Belmont Road underpass in Downers Grove and a leader in preserving categorical school funding, which helps suburban families and holds
down local property taxes.
Nybo: The lack of jobs is the most important problem facing Illinois families and businesses, including those in the 24th Senate District. According to numerous studies, Illinois ranks nearly last among all states in job creation and retention over the last decade.
Through its action and inaction, the General Assembly has created an environment hostile to business exorbitant taxes and fees, unstable and unpredictable state finances, too many rules and regulations for businesses to navigate, and crumbling infrastructure and transit systems.
Creating jobs and stemming the flow of jobs to other states must be our first priority. We must repeal the staggering number of fees on businesses imposed or increased since 2003, roll back new laws and regulations that make it more and more costly to do business here, increase access to capital, and give businesses greater incentive to keep and create jobs in this state.
Because of my commitment to job creation for Illinois, I focused my efforts on passing legislation that will assist us in creating and retaining quality employment. One of the bills on which I spent a great deal of time as a new legislator and that now has become law was S.B. 107. This new law will allow the state to place a portion of its investment portfolio into venture capital funds that will boost startup and growing technology companies, and it is a proven fact that most job growth comes from small not large companies. These are the kinds of initiatives that our state needs to be pursuing.
Q. What can you do specifically to help the economy in your district? What is your view of the tax breaks granted to companies like Motorola Mobility, Navistar and Sears? For incumbents, how did you vote on the Sears plan in this fall's veto session?
Dillard: See my top campaign priority, and please read my 11-page plan for a "Jobs Recovery Plan" on my website.
As we learned from the Sears and CME debates, we need a comprehensive review/overhaul of our business tax-fee structure. We must reduce the cost of doing business in Illinois and not have a system where the well-heeled get tax breaks and the small family owned businesses (which creates 85 percent of Illinois jobs) are ignored. …