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Incumbents win Kankakee County Board races

Nine of 15 seats on the Kankakee County Board were uncontested in Tuesday's election. Of the six contested races, Democrat Sam Payton defeated Republican Jacquelyn Sneed in District 4. (Payton will replace outgoing Democrat John Howard).

Fourteen of the 28 board seats were up in this election.

Republican Janis M. Peters was a winner, defeating Democrat Ray Chamberlain.

Incumbent Republican Chris Tholen defeated Democrat Jeff Jarvis in District 10; Republican Carol Webber, who was appointed to replace Todd Arseneau in District 11 defeated Democrat Budd Meents to fill the rest of the unexpired term; incumbent Republican Stephen Einfeldt defeated Democrat Terri Miazga in District 22, and incumbent Republican Jim Tripp defeated Terry Schnell in District 24.


Republicans now hold a 22-6 advantage.

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Vermilion County un-opposed election winners

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, Treasurer Sue Stine and Supervisor of Assessments Mathew Long were re-elected Tuesday without opposition.


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Bennett runs away with 106th House race

Gibson City resident Tom Bennett won easily in the Illinois House race for the 106th district Tuesday. Bennett garnered 21,850 votes to Democrat Bill Nutter's 5,160. The republican Bennett is one of many GOP candidates now celebrating mid-term election victories.

The 106th district includes Iroquois and Ford counties and parts of Livingston, Vermilion and Woodford counties in east-central Illinois.

Bennett was appointed the seat by Republican leaders from the counties when current State Rep Josh Harms of Watseka withdrew from the ballot for personal reasons, after winning a re-election bid in the spring primary.

Bennett wants to work toward improving the Illinois job climate.


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Iroquois County office-holders win unopposed races

Voters in Iroquois County gave a vote of trust to current office-holders in Tuesday's election.

County Clerk Lisa Fancher won re-election with 8,740 votes. Sheriff Derek Hagen earned 8,621 votes. Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan had 8,568. All are Republicans.

Iroquois-Kankakee regional School Superintendent Gregg Murphy also won another term with 7,538 votes in Iroquois County. The Kankakee vote count was un-available.

Iroquois County Board candidates were also unopposed winners in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4. The Board re-organizes in December and will vote on a new chairman.

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Election turnout ‘great,’ GOP wins big

Area county clerks are reporting 50% and greater voter turnout form Tuesday's mid-term election. Even Iroquois County, with no contested local races, recorded a 52% voter turnout.

"There was so much publicity and advertising about the importance of the election. I think that generated voter interest," Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher said.

Iroquois County had referenda questions in Sheldon and the Crescent-Iroquois school district. Both were defeated. All other county office-holders were un-opposed.

Kankakee County had all sorts of contested matters, county board races and referenda questions.

Voter turnout in Kankakee County was 56%. Ford County and Livingston County turnout came in at 52 and 53%, respectively.

Bruce Rauner was the announced-winner in the Illinois Governor's race. Rauner's victory led the way for several GOP victories across Illinois and the country. Republicans will be in control of the U-S senate when the new Congress convenes in January.

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