CAMBRIDGE -- Republican Jackie Oberg beat her challenger to win the election for Henry County Circuit Clerk.
"It's exciting," she said. "It just seems unreal. We've worked really hard for this day to come. I've had a lot of support, a lot of people behind me."
Democratic contender David Guzzardo said it had been a good run and he didn't have regrets. He said when he was on the county board in the 1970s he thought there had never been a Democrat serving the county as circuit clerk, and none since then either.
"She obviously did a lot better than I did," he said. "Obviously I'm disappointed, but it was a fun experience. I'm glad I did it."
The circuit clerk's office oversees court scheduling, runs the courts, puts out warrants issued by judges and takes in all kinds of court payments including restitution, fines and support payments.
Ms. Oberg, of Kewanee, ran a campaign based on her familiarity with almost all aspects of the job and her positive relationship with the remaining staff in the circuit clerk's office. Shehas worked in the circuit clerk's office in Henry County for 15 years including for three years in Cambridge. The rest of her experience was in the Kewanee court.
Mr. Guzzardo worked for the Illinois Secretary of State driver's license facility in Kewanee for 30 years, retiring in 2010.
In uncontested countywide races, incumbent state's attorney Terry Patton got 18,809 votes and incumbert coroner David Johnson got 19,224. Both are Republicans.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.