John McGehee is the new Rock Island County state's attorney.
Mr. McGehee, 51, of Moline, handily defeated his Republican challenger, Rock Island County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Wozniak, 33, of East Moline, by a vote of 37,893 to 23,752, according to unofficial returns.
"It's a good night," Mr. McGehee said. "I think the voters have decided that the office needs someone with integrity and honesty. I'm really happy things have turned out well for me tonight."
Both Mr. McGehee and Mr. Wozniak campaigned on making changes in the office. They took their campaigns to thousands of households throughout the county.
Mr. Wozniak was hired by former state's attorney Jeff Terronez shortly before Mr. Terronez resigned in April 2011 after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor.
Mark Senko was then appointed by the Rock Island County Board in 2011 to replace Mr. Terronez until Tuesday's election.
"I want to bring the morale up," Mr. McGehee said of the office. "Ever since Jeff (Terronez) had to resign, the morale has been low.
"There really needs to be leadership in the office. I think my victory tonight is a mandate from the voters.
"Hopefully, the changes will be very positive and will really help the county."
Mr. Wozniak also campaigned on making changes in the office, saying the county had a one party (Democratic) system for too long. He said voters told him they wanted to rid the county of waste, corruption and nepotism.
He said he was surprised at the size of his loss as well as that of other Republican contests in Rock Island County.
"I knew it was an uphill battle," Mr. Wozniak said afterwards. "There's a lot of problems in Rock Island County, a lot of problems in the state and a lot of people are upset.
"I assumed that would translate into a lot of votes for change. It doesn't appear that's the case. The electorate has spoken. That's what a democracy is for."
Mr. Wozniak said he called Mr. McGehee to congratulate him on his win and hopes he can work with him as assistant state's attorney.
Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2013. There are 222 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: Messrs. J. and M. Rosenfield have moved their leather and hidestore to the building formerly occupied by Temple Bufords's store. They buy and sellhides, pelts, furs, wool, beeswax, lard, tallow, etc. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Lumber Company has recovered 5,000 of the8,000 logs that were carried away by the Mississippi River flood last week. 1913 -- 100 years ago: John J. Ullemeyer has been awarded the contract to furnish RockIsland fire and police department members with uniforms, at the city's expense. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Work on Aledo's new $38,000 swimming pool was started thismorning at South Park when ground for the pool was broken by Mayor John W. Murphy. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Students and teacher at Moline High School called today "MissLeona Day" day at the school in honor of the government teacher who retires at theend of the school term. Although she's been teaching for 43 years at the school, Miss Dayfound a new way of arriving at the school this morning. At 7:30 a.m., a police squad carpulled up in front of Miss Day's home and escorted her to school. A caravan of students' cars joined the procession along the way. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Barbecue cooking and riverfront antics are planned for Discover the River Day Saturday in Leach Park, Bettendorf. A 5K run, wind surfing, a canoe race, hogcalling and more will round out the day under the Interstate 74 bridge.