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Rezin of Morris selected as Dahl's replacement

12/13/2010, 9:10 am

Steve Stout,, 815-431-4082

Sue Rezin

 Rezin, 47, was unanimously selected Saturday by eight GOP county chairmen to replace state Sen. Gary Dahl, R-Granville, after the top Republicans interviewed nine candidates and negotiated for almost nine hours at a hotel in Ottawa. Candidate Joe Cook, Channahon Village President, did not attend the meeting.

"I am humbled by the people throughout the district who have placed their confidence in me," Rezin told The Times. "It was an intense interview process in which I spoke of the many issues I promoted during my House campaign, including building a better business environment here in Illinois and bringing new jobs to our area." 

Rezin said she sought the senate seat because she would not have to run for re-election as often and so, could focus on "the work on the district" with fewer distractions. 

"I was looking forward to working with Senator Dahl and now I'm looking forward to continuing serving the district as well as he did," said Rezin. 

Reports are she will take the oath of office for the senate post soon, possibly within days, and another GOP House District hopeful will soon be selected as representative without the burden of mounting a major campaign and facing a general election.

On Dec. 2, Dahl unexpectedly announcedhe was resigning, effective Friday, Dec. 10, just two years into his second four-year term, to spend more time with his family and trucking business. 

Rezin beat incumbent state Rep. Careen Gordon, D-Morris,just last month to win the House seat in the 75th District. Rezin previously campaigned for Gordon's seat before the 2008 election, but suddenly withdrew after several months.

On the campaign trail last summer and fall, Rezin argued Gordon had a record of "reckless voting" and was "beholden to the Chicago political machine." Rezin also often quoted a Chicago Tribune editorial which said, "Other lawmakers say Democratic Rep. Gordon has lost her enthusiasm for the job. Seems like she wants something else to do."