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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.