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Republicans are slugging it out in suburban Senate and House primaries

23rd District Senate Republican candidates Carole Pankau and Randy Ramey talk with the Chicago Tribune editorial board. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / February 3, 2012)

23rd District Senate Republican candidates Carole Pankau and Randy Ramey talk with the Chicago Tribune editorial board. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / February 3, 2012)

Two years ago, state Sen. Kirk Dillard came close to becoming the Republican nominee for governor. Now the veteran lawmaker from Hinsdale is fighting for his political life thanks to a primary challenge by Rep. Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst.

The contest is one of several bruising battles for Republicans unfolding across the suburbs after Democrats were in charge of redrawing legislative boundaries last year following the census. The fallout forced a number of GOP lawmakers to fight each other as a result of Democrats’ efforts to extend their control of the General Assembly for another 10 years.

In DuPage County, longtime Sen. Carole Pankau, of Itasca, is locked in a contentious race with Rep. Randy Ramey, of Carol Stream, the stepson of former Senate President James “Pate” Philip. Meanwhile, dairy owner Jim Oberweis is running for state Senate following failed bids for governor, Congress and U.S. Senate.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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