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Parkhurst wins 79th Illinois House seat

Republican Lindsay Parkhurst defeated Democratic incumbent Kate Cloonen for Illinois’ 79th House seat in Tuesday’s election.

The seat was among the targets in Illinois as the GOP worked at wrestling control away from House Speaker Mike Madigan. Parkhurst won 53% of the vote to Cloonen’s 47%.

Other representatives, Tom Bennett and Chad Hays, were unopposed in their districts for re-election as Republicans.

A statement from Madigan’s office on the election results has Madigan saying “voters clearly stated they wish to maintain a wide Democratic majority in the Illinois House and maintain a strong check on Bruce Rauner and his anti-middle class agenda. Madigan said voters support the vision of the Democratic Party with the victories of Tammy Duckworth and Susanna Mendoza.

Parkhurst said her win is about change. She looks forward to getting to work for the people of the 79th District.

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Rowe wins State’s Attorney race in Kankakee County, Allen loses Treasurer’s office

In a hotly-contested campaign, Jim Rowe earned the voters trust in the race for Kankakee County State’s Attorney. Rowe defeated Republican Ed Glazar 53 - 47%. Rowe said it’s about change and reform in the prosecutors’ office.
Rowe picked up 24,314 votes to Glazar’s 21,282.

Nick Allen was appointed to the Treasurer’s job when Mark Frechette retired. Allen lost his bid to keep the job, losing to Republican Nick Africano. Africano was given 23, 660 votes to Allen’s 21, 262.

The Circuit Clerk’s race went to Sandra Cianci (27,296) over Jeffery Hackley (17, 817).

The Auditor’s contest was won by Jake Lee over Deborah Woodruff 23,394 to 21,098.

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Iroquois County Board to welcome new members

Voters in Iroquois County showed support for new members of the County Board in Tuesday’s election.

Districts 1 and 3 offered voters a choice. Chad McGinnis and Michael McTaggart were winners in District 1. McGinnis grabbed 2259 votes to McTaggart’s 2040. Mack Berry finished with 707.

Charles Alt earned himself 2089 votes in District 3. Marvin Stichnoth was second with 1839. Both win seats. Dustin Wells and Chuck Hartke finished with 1174 and 870 votes, respectively.

In District 2... Gerald ‘Jed” Whitlow, Barbara Offill and Ernie Curtis were un-contested.

District 4 welcomes three newcomers....Kevin Bohlmann, Sherry Johnson and Kevin Coughenour.

County Office-holders win unopposed ---

Three Iroquois County officials won re-election Tuesday. They were all unopposed.

Lisa Hines totaled 11,708 votes for Circuit Clerk, Jim Devine earned 11,373 votes for State’s Attorney, and Bill Cheatum had 11,638 votes for Coroner.

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Iroquois County narrowly OK’s public safety tax

Just 104 votes separated the Yes and No votes for a public safety sales tax in Iroquois County (Tuesday).

The Yes votes totaled 6,435 to 6,331 No votes. The slim margin of victory was 50.4% to 49.5%.

Twenty-six precincts favored the .25% (quarter-cent) tax that finds all people shopping for certain items in the county paying the tax. It’s not just taxing Iroquois County residents.

The quarter-cent tax exempts certain items. It’s expected to generate a little over $400,000 that will support law enforcement efforts.

Police, fire departments and other emergency responders were in support of the tax.

Precincts that voted against the sales tax included Loda, Artesia, Chebanse 1 & 2, Ashkum 1 & 2, Milks Grove, Martinton, Sheldon 2, Middleport 2, Fountain Creek, Papineau.

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Herscher burn-victim identified

The body of a man found burned to death in a pickup truck near Herscher last month has been identified.

17-year-old Cody Rattin of Herscher was identified by the Kankakee County Coroner’s office. DNA samples helped with the investigation.

The truck was discovered on fire near a barn October 17th. The truck was found at 13000 W and 7500 S Roads.

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