Senator Dan Cronin has announced the selection of Downers Grove Mayor Ron Sandack to fill the remainder of Cronin’s term, which runs until January 2013.
“Mayor Sandack will contribute a local perspective and new ideas that are needed to deal with the tough issues our state will confront over the next few years,” Cronin said. “He’s been a vocal advocate for pension reform, fiscal accountability and economic development. His experience and leadership will be beneficial as Illinois attempts to rebuild its fiscal footing and stimulate our economy to produce new job opportunities.”
Cronin won election this November as DuPage County Board Chairman, and will be sworn in on December 6. Cronin’s resignation from the Illinois Senate is effective November 30. His election as County Board Chair left a vacuum which had several local politicians, including state Representatives Sandy Pihos and Chris Nybo, angling for the job.
“I’m truly honored to have the chance to serve in the Illinois Senate and am grateful for this opportunity,” Sandack said. “I realize the challenges before us are formidable, however, I know firsthand the strength of our communities and the desire to for a fresh start in Illinois. I will work hard each day to address the state’s fiscal crisis and create a better business environment that will get our state back to work.”
“I look forward to partnering with Ron Sandack and other Republican leaders to bring about the necessary reforms we desperately need in Illinois,” Cronin said. “We all realize that heavy lifting is required and I feel confident that people like Ron Sandack will work in the best interest of Illinois taxpayers to regain the trust and fiscal future of our state.”
Sandack told the Chronicle he wanted to be able to fill out the remainder of his term as mayor, noting that mayors from Buffalo Grove and Tinley Park had done the same in similar circumstances. “I’m not vacating anything, not right away. I’m going to do what’s best for Downers Grove. I’m not running for reelection as mayor, but I would like to fill out the remainder of my term.”
When asked how he would juggle both positions, Sandack laughed. “I’m going to sleep less, drive more, and be busier than I’ve been. These kinds of opportunities are rare, and I think I have something to give.”
Village Commissioner Geoff Neustadt, who is considering running for Mayor to fill Sandack’s now open office, offered his congratulations to Sandack on his appointment. “I’m very excited that Ron was tapped for the senate. He’s been a great leader for us here in Downers Grove and he’ll be a great leader for all of the 21st senate district. I’m sure he’ll keep Downers Grove close to his heart when he’s down in Springfield.”
Commissioner Bob Barnett, who managed Sandack’s 2007 campaign for mayor, told the Chronicle “Ron has demonstrated leadership in difficult times in Downers Grove, not unlike those currently facing the state. I have confidence in his ability to lead in Springfield as well. I’m looking forward to working with both he and Cronin on issues that are important to Downers Grove.”