O'Fallon Weekly November 7, 2018

Demolition work at Southview to begin soon Page 5 Wednesday November 7, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 29 $1.00 Democrats dominate elections Pritzker wins governor race, Dems take all statewide offices By Cole Lauterbach Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD - Voters handed Gov. Bruce Rauner a decisive rebuke Tuesday, turning the governor's mansion to Democrat J.B. Pritzker and giving Democrats even more power in Springfield. Democrat J.B. Pritzker rode the wave of signi- ficantly higher turnout, with many pollsters calling the race in the billionaire Chicago De- mocrat’s favor minutes after the polls closed. Pritzker's win gives Democrats firm control JB Pritzker, of all branches of state Illinois Governor Elect government. Party leaders, including Pritzker, want to implement a progressive income tax structure, but have not given details on what the rates might be for different income levels. The Democratic party is also in a position to redraw the state's political boundaries in 2021 in a way that would further strengthen their numbers, in both the statehouse and Congress. In addition to winning the governor’s mansion and holding onto the Attorney General’s office, Democrats also retained the statewide offices of the Comptroller, Treasurer and Secretary of State. “Are you ready to fight for Illinois?” Pritzker asked cheering supporters at an event in Chicago. “We will become the leading protector of workers rights and civil rights in the nation.” Pritzker becomes the first Illinois Democratic candidate for governor to win more than four counties since Rod Blagojevich in 2006. “This election is over,” Rauner told a crowd in Chicago. But Rauner said “that does not mean the end of the change we need.” Rauner thanked supporters for the chance to serve them. What turned out to be the most expensive statewide race in U.S. history, put an incumbent multi-millionaire investor against a multi-billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune. Rauner and Pritzker spent more than $284 million between them in the race. Pritzker stands to get paid $177,412 annually as gover- nor. Rauner had not taken a salary. Rauner will remain in the governor’s mansion until January, when Pritzker’s administration will take over. St. Clair County Democrats sweep countywide offices, pick up county board seats, win judicial races By Nick Miller Weekly Editor BELLEVILLE - The St. Clair County Democrat Party had much to celebrate Tuesday evening, sweeping all of the countywide races and picking up seats on the County Board. Incumbent County Clerk Tom Holbro- ok defeated challenger Duane Henson by more than 18,000 votes, 58 percent to 40 percent. O’Fallon Ward 5 Alderman Andrew Lopinot will take over as the new county treasurer after downing his opponent Philip Kammann by more than 12,000 votes, 54 percent to 42 percent. In a hotly contest race for county sheriff, former Fairview Heights Police Chief Nick Gailius was defeated by current sheriff, Rick Watson, by nearly 14,000 votes, 56 percent to 42 percent. Incumbent Board of Review Member Michael Crockett Jr defeated republi- can Philip Henning by 9,429 votes, 53 percent to 43 percent. Republicans also lost seats on the St. Clair County Board. ty board member for District 27, defeated challenger Matt Stirrup by nearly a thousand votes, 63 percent to 34 percent. Following Tuesday’s election, the County Board will now be made up of 21 democrats and eight republicans. With the election of Lopinot, Meile, and Matt Smallheer, who Andrew Lopinot Richie Meile ran unopposed, O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach will In District 19, the seat currently have to appoint replacements for three held by David Tiedemann was won positions on the City Council. Smallheer by democrat Jana Armstrong Moll is currently a Ward 4 alderman. against challenger Dan Weidenbenner. In the races for the 20th Judicial Moll won by 89 votes, 51 percent to 47 percent. Tiedemann will retire at the end Circuit, democrats Heinz Rudolf, John O’Gara, and Chris Kolker defeated their of his current term at the beginning of republican opponents, Katherine Ruoc- December. co, Paul Evans, and Laninya Cason. In District 23, current O’Fallon Ward All election results are unofficial until 1 Alderman Richie Meile defeated incumbent republican Fred Boch by 276 they are certified by the County Clerk. Absentee ballots had to be postmarked votes, 52 percent to 45 percent. by Tuesday to be counted. Kenneth Sharkey, democrat coun- Bost defeats Kelly in 12th Congressional Race By Nick Miller Weekly Editor BELLEVILLE - Republican incum- bent Mike Bost secured another term in Congress Tuesday, defeating challenger Brendan Kelly. Kelly, the current St. Clair County State's Attorney, concee- ded shortly after 10:30 p.m. Bost expressed his thanks to the vo- ters of the 12th Congressional District for another two years. "I'm incredibly proud of the cam- Mike Bost (R) paign we put together. We fought hard, focused on the issues, and always made Southern Illinois values our top priority. I congratulate Brendan Kelly on a hard-fought campaign. It's the honor of a lifetime serving Southern Illinois in our nation's capital, and I'm looking forward to doing so for another term." 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