Change. Voters wanted it. Voters made it happen. The 2010 Mid-Term Elections brought sweeping change to the U.S. House. Illinois has a new U.S. Senator, the 14th District has a new representative and the 16th Judicial has a new judge. DeKalb County has a new County Clerk and a new State’s Attorney. Four challengers won seats on the DeKalb County Board and the Republicans have regained a 13 to 11 seat majority. Kishwaukee College will change with full voter approval for expansion of its campus.
DeKalb County States Attorney-elect Clay Campbell fully represented the word “change.” He was identified as an “attorney for the people” because of his active opposition to the proposed expansion of the landfill. He spoke up for more accountability when controversy erupted over publicly funded downtown renovation contracts with then DeKalb 3rd ward alderman, Vic Wogen. He publicly opposed the Courthouse expansion plans.
His opponent, Sarah Gallagher-Chami had name recognition at a time when voters were most angry with tradition. Her father, Judge Jordan Gallagher, is one of the most respected judges in northern Illinois and will remain so as an associate judge. But newly elected Judge Thomas Doherty’s energetic campaign was embraced as change.
The vote tallies of Elections 2010 were pretty good for a lot of Republicans. Mark Kirk defeated Alexi Giannoulias for President O’Bama’s former Senate seat. Randy Hultgren upset Bill Foster for the 14th District. Former DeKalb 7th Ward alderman, Joe Sosnowski, is the new rep for the 69th District. Clay Campbell-R defeated Sarah Gallagher-Chami-D in the States Attorney race. Thomas L. Doherty-R defeated T. Jordan Gallagher-D for the open seat on the 16th Judicial District bench. John Acardo-R won the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder race over Jim Luebke-D.
Republican Russell Deverell beat Democratic incumbent Michael Haines for District 2 of the DeKalb County Board by a wide margin (1599-950) of votes. Ken Andersen-R held off the challenge of Mark Pietrowski-D. In District 8, Julia Fullerton-R defeated long-time incumbent Eileen Dubin-D. Jeff Whelan-R won over Lynn Schmitz-D in District 10. John L. Gudmunson-R defeated James Patrick Colford in District 11.
DeKalb Democrats held on to districts 5, 6 and 9 in the county board races. Democratic incumbent Derek Tyson beat Wesley Hoadley-R in District 5. In District 6, challenger Bob Brown-D defeated incumbent Steve Walt-R. Incumbent Julia Fauci-D DeKalb fought off a challenge by Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr.-R for the District 9 seat.
The Mega-Dump issue was a factor in the DeKalb County Board races.
Landfill expansion supporters Michael Haines (Dist 2) and Steve Walt (Dist 6) lost their seats on the county board. Julia Fauci retained her seat but received the lowest percentage of votes (57%) of any Democrat in the heavily Democratic District 9 going back to the 2002 elections. Undervotes in the uncontested races were higher than in previous elections for incumbents who voted in favor of the proposed expansion. John Hulseberg-D (Dist 4 – 1844 total votes, 598 undervotes), Sally De Fauw (Dist 7 638 total votes, 202 undervotes) Marlene Allen (Dist 12, 1,741 total votes, 431 undervotes) each ran unopposed. An undervote occurs when no selection is made for a single choice contest.
Election 2010 was all about change. Congratulations to all the winners and the new Beacons of Change. Take a day to recuperate from your exhausting campaigns. And then produce.