Kotowski retains 28th State Senate seat
State Sen. Dan Kotowski gives a victory speech Tuesday at the RAM Restaurant and Brewery in Schaumburg. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2012 8:10PM
PARK RIDGE — Voters have ushered incumbent State Senator Dan Kotowski into another term.
Unofficial totals show Kotowski received 44,453 votes to Republican challenger Jim O’Donnell’s 33,051 votes to clinch the 28th State Senate District race.
Kotowski, of Park Ridge, was first elected senator in 2007.
“In my campaign we talked to close to 25,000 voters personally,” Kotowski said. “I think it was my focus on stopping reckless spending and punishing political corruption so we can fix what’s wrong with our state (that contributed to my win).”
The new 28th State Senate District includes portions of Park Ridge and Des Plaines, Chicago’s Northwest Side and extends into DuPage County.
When his new term begins next year Kotowski said spending reform will remain a priority.
“I want to continue the spending-reform law I passed that completely changes the way taxpayer dollars are spent,” he said. “It requires that we fund programs based on their performance, on whether they work or not. I want to fully recognize the extent of this law so we can stop the reckless spending policies of the past and fix what’s wrong with our government.”