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Democrats maintain control of LC Board

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

With five contested races, the La Salle County Board is still well in the hands of Democrats.

Republicans gained a seat in District 10 with Bob Vickrey’s win over incumbent Democrat Art Rigby.  However Democrat’s negated that win by having Joe Panzica unseat Republican incumbent Susan Thornton.  So Democrats still hold 17 of the 29 county board seats.

Winning their seats back last night were Democrats Tom Ganiere and Rick Scott.  Republican Arratta Znaniecki kept her seat also.

Ten county board seats were unopposed.

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Incumbent Rigby defeated by Vickery in LC Board race

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Could La Salle County’s computer software accounting program issue given the advantage to a newcomer to the county board?

Bob Vickery thinks it is possible.  Vickery, a republican, narrowly beat out incumbent Democrat Art Rigby in the La Salle County District 10 race.

Vickery says he’ll start his new position by calling county board chairman Jerry Hicks.  One of the topics he wants to discuss is reducing the size of the county board.

Vickery also says he’d like to talk about good stewardship of county assets, such as Starved Rock and statesmanship.  Vickery says he wants to leave a great county to the next generation.

You can hear more with Bob Vickery in an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO new’s page.

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Area voter turnout was at about 50 percent

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Did you vote Tuesday?  Slightly more than half of all registered voters exercised their right.  In addition to the statewide races, they also had a contested sheriff’s race and two countywide referendums.

Over half of all registered voters in Putnam County made it out to the polls as well. There they had a countywide county board election.

La Salle County voters apparently weren’t as motivated.  Less than half of all registered voters, about 45% participated in the election.

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Democrats lose Obama’s former Senate seat

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – Republican Mark Kirk has captured the Senate seat once held by the president, dealing an embarrassing blow to Democrats.

Kirk defeated Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in one of the nation’s ugliest and most closely watched Senate races.

Giannoulias faced attacks over his family’s failed bank, which gave loans to two men involved in organized crime. Meanwhile, Kirk was forced to apologize after the disclosure that he had made false claims about his military record.

The Illinois race got more attention than most Senate campaigns because this was the seat held by Barack Obama before his move to the White House.

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Kinzinger beats Halvorson for District 11 U.S. House seat

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Republicans have picked up U.S. House seats nationwide.  One of those seats was the 11th District in Illinois.

Republican Adam Kinzinger beat incumbent democrat, Debbie Halvorson.  With over 90% of precincts counted, Kinzinger had 58% of the vote.

Halvorson was elected into the seat two years ago after Republican Jerry Weller decided to not run again.  At that time Halvorson easily defeated Republican Marty Ozinga.

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Thompson to remain Bureau County Sheriff

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Another re-election win for Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson.  The democrat faced opposition from Republican Bill Rosenow of Sheffield.  Thompson captured 54% of the vote.

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Majority of Bureau County voters oppose building new jail

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Don’t expect a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Bureau County Jail anytime soon.  A referendum on Tuesday’s ballot asking if the county should issue $15 million in bonds to build a new jail was unpopular with voters.

With most of the votes in, the referendum is failing with 81% of voters voting against it.

While you can’t look forward to a new jail, you can expect a race for coroner in the future.  70% of voters voted in favor of making it an elected position.  Currently, the coroner is appointed by the county board.

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White wins re-election as Ill. secretary of state

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has held on to his job for another term.

White beat Republican political novice Robert Enriquez and Libertarian Josh Hanson.

White, who is 76, has served as secretary of state since 1998.

He has said this would be his last run for office.

The secretary of state regulates driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, corporations and lobbyists, and serves as the state librarian.

The administrative post has sometimes been drawn into controversy, such as a bribery scandal under then-Secretary George Ryan.

White caused a stir when he refused to certify the U.S. Senate appointment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Board members hang on to their seats in Putnam County

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

With three seats open and four candidates running someone had to loose the Putnam County Board race.  This time around it was the newcomer Republican James Gibson.

Top vote getter was incumbent Duane Calbow, followed by Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer, and John O’Neill.  They are all democrats.

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Schock secures a second term in Congress

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2010

Congressman Aaron Schock can look forward to another term in the U.S House.  The Republican beat out Democrat Deirdre Hirner the U.S. House District 18 race.  It will be his second term.

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