The Candidate: Michael D. Nardello
The Race: Republican candidate for the 78th Illinois legislative district
The Competition: Camille Y. Lilly
The Buzz: As finance director for Chicago's Department on Aging/Family and Support Services since 1997, Michael Nardello manages a staff of 20 and a $35 million operating budget. He says this work experience, coupled with service on several professional and academic committees, makes him poised for the legislative seat. He aims for fiscal transparency with a focus on accountability and fiscal responsibility.