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Iroquois County voters pick new County Board members; also seat incumbents

Six new faces will represent the people on the Iroquois County Board in December. Voters chose new representatives in Districts 1, 2 and 4 in Tuesday's primary election.

Barring any independent runs or a democratic challenge in November, Tuesday's winners will be seated in December.

Chad McGinnis and Michael McTaggart won seats in District 1. They were top vote-getters among four candidates. (Veterans Dale Schultz and Kevin Hansen did not seek re-election).

In District 2, Gerald "Jed" Whitlow and Ernie Curtis won re-election. Newcomer Barbara Offill also was among the three to win three available seats.

Charles Alt and former board member Marvin Stichnoth were winners in District 3 where three newcomers were making their first appearance on the ballot.

District 4 will seat three newcomers. Kevin Bohlmann, Sherry Johnson, and Kevin Coughenour won voter approval in a field of five candidates. Incumbents Dan Joyce and Adam Zumwalt were defeated.

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Two contested races for Precinct Committeeman also saw Vince LaMie edge out incumbent Paul Bowers by a 99-97 vote margin in Ash Grove; while Kevin Bohlmann grabbed 71% of the vote to defeat incumbent Dan Joyce in Middleport 3.

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Kankakee County Board Chairman loses re-election bid

Newcomer Shane Ritter pulled off a political upset Tuesday, defeating Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert in the Primary Election. It was a 2-1 margin of victory for Ritter. The Olivet Nazarene University dean won 64% of the vote to Bossert's 34%.

Besides Bossert's defeat, two other incumbents lost their county board seats.

Tinker Parker defeated Stanley James and Elizabeth Dunbar was a winner over incumbent Larry Enz.

Bossert was targeted after the County Board ran into financial turmoil, failed to meet payroll and then laid off some three-dozen sheriff deputies and correctional officers. The public safety issue became a major force in the campaign.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 150, representing the county's law enforcement officers, gave the endorsement to Ritter, who was also endorsed by the taxpayer watchdog group OUTRAGE.

Ritter said the win means opportunity to help set a new direction for county government.

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Kramer defeats Boyd in bid for Kankakee County judge

Judge Mike Kramer, a Kankakee County associate judge, was an easy winner Tuesday for circuit court judge. He was a unanimous winner over State's Attorney Jamie Boyd, who opted to seek the judgeship and not seek re-election for state's attorney.

Kramer won 10,220 votes (74%) to Boyd's 26 percent (3,562).

Boyd has been state's attorney for nearly 10 years. He was appointed in 2006 before winning two consecutive elections.

Kramer will now run unopposed in the November election; and the circuit court judges will have to appoint someone to take Kramer's spot as an associate judge.

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Ford County voters choose new state’s attorney, Evans re-elected circuit clerk

Two contested races in Ford County Tuesday saw voters selecting Andrew Killian of Gibson City as state's attorney while Kim Evans of Paxton won re-election to her circuit clerk position.

Killian won the Republican nomination for state's attorney with an easy win over Lance Cagle of Fisher. Killian garnered 2,434 votes to 822 for Cagle.

Current state's attorney Randy Yedinak did not seek another term. He instead ran and won the state's attorney's race in Livingston County.

Evans won the Republican nomination for the circuit clerk's job by defeating newcomer Suzie Shell of Paxton. Evans earned 2,346 votes to 926 for Shell. This will be Evans' third consecutive four-year term as circuit clerk. She's been in the office for 34 years.

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Livingston County voters choose new state’s attorney, coroner

Livingston County voters selected the Ford County state's attorney to be their new state's attorney. Tuesday, voters chose Randy Yedinak to the prosecutor's office over incumbent Seth Uphoff.

Seth Uphoff was defeated by the challenger Yedinak by 5,003 to 3,234 votes. That was a 61 – 39 percent margin.
Yedinak is a former Livingston County prosecutor who left the office in 2014 to take over as state's attorney in Ford County. But Yedinak said Livingston County residents asked him to challenge the incumbent.

Yedinak still has obligations to Ford County and will work toward a smooth transition.

Dan Watson defeated Keri Jo Schmidt for the Republican nomination as coroner in a race to replace retiring Coroner Mike Burke. Watson won 5,094 to 2,952 votes, or 63.31 percent to 36.69 percent.

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