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Although close races were the hallmark of Tuesday’s general election, the campaigns for state’s attorney around Illinois provided only two tight contests. According to unofficial vote totals as of Wednesday afternoon, Elizabeth “Meg” Gorecki, the Republican candidate for Kane County state’s attorney, defeated Democrat Robert Steffen by about 2,300 votes. And in downstate Champaign County, Republican John Piland won a second term by just 979 votes over Democratic challenger Steve Holz, an attorney from Urbana. Otherwise, most races for chief prosecutor were best described as easy wins notched by the favored candidates. With her victory Tuesday night, Gorecki becomes the first woman to hold the top prosecutor’s position in Kane County. She had defeated incumbent David Akemann in the GOP spring primary. But Gorecki’s tenure as state’s attorney may yet be overshadowed by a reported investigation into her campaign activities by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The controversy surfaced during the campaign over a phone conversation in which Gorecki, an attorney with the St. Charles firm Morelli, Stieper & Gorecki, suggested that a campaign contribution would result in a county job. A special prosecutor assigned to look into the allegation determined last month, however, that there was not sufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge and forwarded the case to the ARDC. Also the subject of allegations of wrongdoing was Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Three residents from Peotone had accused Glasgow, a Democrat, of violating the state’s Open Meetings Act last spring. And a Will County circuit judge declined in September to appoint a special prosecutor prior to the election. Glasgow garnered 83,836 votes on Tuesday, compared to the almost 100,000 given to Republican opponent and former Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Tomczak. Otherwise, most of the other prosecutorial races around the state seemed to follow the favored candidates’ script. In Cook County, incumbent Richard Devine handily defeated Republican challenger David Gaughan by more than 600,000 votes. In heavily Republican McHenry County, incumbent Gary Pack won a third term over Democrat Karen Lavin. Pack garnered more than 14,000 votes over Lavin, a practitioner from Crystal Lake. Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Reuter won the office’s top job over Democratic challenger Rob Owen by about 7,000 votes. Republican Jerry Johnson defeated Democrat John Prior by more than 1,500 votes in the race for DeWitt County States Attorney. Gary Peterlin, who served as LaSalle County State’s Attorney in the 1980s, regained the position by defeating Democrat Joe Hettel by more than 7,000 votes. In Sangamon County, Republican incumbent John Schmidt defeated Democratic challenger Tom Londrigan by more than 10,000 votes, according to unofficial results. In St. Clair County, incumbent Democrat Robert B. Haida won 58 percent of the vote to the 42 percent won by Republican challenger Bill Starnes. In Kankakee County, Republican Ed Smith won a first term as top prosecutor by more than 2,000 votes over Democrat Joseph P. Anthony. In addition, running unopposed in their respective counties were Madison County State’s Attorney Bill Haine, a Democrat; Grundy County State’s Attorney Lance R. Peterson, a Democrat; and Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine, a Republican.

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