Tribune does about-face, endorses McConchie in general election
In a direct turnaround from its initial primary endorsements in March, the Chicago Tribune recently declared its support for state Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), who is running to retain his District 26 seat.
“McConchie didn't get our endorsement in that race, but he's getting it this time,” the newspaper said. "He has shown a willingness to work across the aisle and dig into policy, including school funding reform and anti-sex trafficking efforts.”
While the publication characterized McConchie’s opponent, Democrat Kelly Mazeski of Barrington, as “an impressive candidate,” it also quoted her as calling him "a one-issue" lobbyist.
“We're not convinced,” the Tribune staff said. “McConchie left his job with an anti-abortion organization and has shown he is not a one-issue legislator. Let's give him a chance. McConchie is endorsed."
The Hawthorn Woods resident, who became senator after incumbent Dan Duffy’s resignation, expressed great appreciation for the backing.
“I am incredibly honored to have the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board in my race for state Senate,” McConchie said via Facebook this week.
“I am in the state Senate to cut spending, lower taxes and fight corruption,” McConchie told constituents via a Facebook post earlier in the campaign.