Surrounded by a large crowd of family, friends and supporters, State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) took the oath of office, officially representing the 24th Senate District on August 6.
“It’s a great honor to have been selected to be the new 24th District Senator, and I look forward to representing the constituents in the fine tradition of my predecessor, Senator Kirk Dillard,” Nybo said. “Our state is in need of serious leadership and reform. I pledge to be that voice in Springfield.”
The oath of office was administered by DuPage County Circuit Judge Brian McKillip. Also attending the official ceremony was Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), former Sen. Dillard and other local legislators.
Nybo told the crowd that Illinois is drowning in debt with record-high unemployment, unsustainable pensions, and pervasive corruption, but policymakers can’t quit on the job.
“Too many people are willing to say our state is sunk. I believe Illinois can survive and we can thrive. I love this state and I’m honored to have the ability to serve it again. I will work as hard as I can to get us back on the right track to create jobs, restore our state’s fiscal health and help Illinois become the kind of state we deserve to be,” Nybo said. “I will never give up on the State of Illinois, and I will never give up on you.”
Sen. Nybo and his wife, Faye, live in Elmhurst with their three children: Connor, 10; Olivia, 7; and Allison, 4.
As a former State Representative and Elmhurst Alderman, Senator Nybo brings valuable experience and expertise to the legislature. While in the Illinois House from 2011-2013, Nybo successfully led efforts expanding the availability of life-saving allergy medicine for school children (known as the Epi-Pen Law), prohibiting politicians from putting their names and faces on taxpayer-funded signs (known as the Blagojevich Billboard Ban) and reforming workers’ compensation to make it easier to do business in Illinois.
Born in Elmhurst, Senator Nybo is a lifelong resident of DuPage County. He graduated from Fenwick High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Chicago Law School. He serves on the Board of the Ray Graham Association for People With Disabilities, and is actively involved as a soccer referee with AYSO, the Knights of Columbus, and Immaculate Conception Parish. These are just a few ways in which Senator Nybo has dedicated himself to community service throughout his life, a commitment for which he was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar by the United States Government.
As a practicing attorney with Much Shelist PC, he assists small and large businesses on a variety of employment-related matters.
“I understand the challenges that companies face in trying to do business in Illinois,” Nybo said. “One of my key priorities and motivation for returning to Springfield is to improve our state’s business climate so that we can create job, restore our state’s fiscal health and fight for meaningful property and income tax reform.”
The 24th Senate District is composed of all or parts of Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Willowbrook, Westmont, Darien, Downers Grove, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Lisle.
Constituents may reach Sen. Nybo and his District Director Lydia Krywaruczenko at Westmont Centre, Suite 201, One South Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559 (630)969-0990.