From the office of Ill. State Senator Kirk Dillard (24th District)…
Hot on the heels of the recent endorsement by the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization, the largest Republican organization in Illinois, Addison Township Republicans followed suit and voted to endorse Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) in his bid for re-election to the 24th Senatorial District. The Addison Township Republicans represent northern Elmhurst and Lombard, and is recognized as legendary in both its ability to help elect Republicans to office, and as being among the hardest working Republican groups in the state.
Held at the Diplomat West Banquets in Elmhurst, the vote took place after extensive interviews of Dillard and his opponent by a large group of Precinct Committeemen who asked specific question about the candidate’s future goals and ideas to fix the state. During the interview, Dillard told the assembled Committeemen that it is time to get our fiscal house in order and to support Illinois families. Dillard said that his focus has been and remains on job creation and pension reform.
Pat Durante, former executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde and current Addison Township Republicans Chairman, said that this area of DuPage County is lucky to have been re-districted into Dillard’s district. “The Democrats have had Addison Township in their crosshairs for many years and they thought by cutting us up into little slivers they can finally take us over,” Durante said, “but with this endorsed slate we will meet them head on and give them the political fight of their lives.”
After receiving the news of his endorsement, Dillard said, “I cannot be happier to receive this endorsement. I want to thank these committeemen that represent Elmhurst and Lombard for showing their confidence in me. I will work tirelessly to make sure I earn their trust.” Dillard added, “It is time to make Illinois a ‘Destination Economy’ for job creators and to make Illinois work again!”
Dillard is the former Chairman of the DuPage County Republican Party in Wheaton and Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Edgar and currently represents the 24th Illinois Senate District. The Addison Township Republicans organization encompasses all or part of Elmhurst, Addison and Lombard, towns within the newly redistricted 24th SD. Also included in SD24 are Downers Grove, Westmont, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Darien, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Oakbook Terrace, Glen Ellyn Wheaton, and Lisle.