More Results From Tuesday’s Primary Election

March 21, 2018
Polling Place sign.

A sign outside the Champaign County Clerk's Office in Urbana marks it as a polling place for Tuesday's Illinois Primary.

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From upsets in county races to referendum results, here are some of the outcomes from Tuesday's primary ballotting in east-central Illinois.

New Champaign County Sheriff

Unless the Democrats find a candidate, Chief Deputy Allen Jones is on track to be Champaign County’s new sheriff. Jones won 76 percent of the vote in the Republican primary yesterday, beating Gregory Worrell. Incumbent Sheriff Dan Walsh is retiring. There was no Democratic candidates for sheriff on the Champaign County ballot yesterday.

Champaign County Clerk

Matt Grandone is the Republican nominee for Champaign County Clerk, after defeating Champaign County Board member Jon Rector in yesterday’s primary. Grandone won 52.65% of the vote to Rector's 47.35%. Grandone, who works in the county clerk’s office, will face Democratic Urbana Alderman Aaron Ammons in November. The incumbent clerk, Republican Gordy Hulten, is running for Champaign County Executive. He won nomination Tuesday without opposition.

Democrats Target Petrie

Former Champaign County Board Chair Pattsi Petrie has lost her bid for re-election to her seat. Petrie lost in the Democratic primary yesterday to Mike Ingram, in a 3-way contest that also included Charles Young. Petrie relied on mostly Republican support to become County Board Chair in 2014, out-maneuvering the choice of the Democratic Caucus, and making her a target of Ingram and other Democrats in yesterday’s primary.

Monticello School Referendum 

Voters in the Monticello School District said yes to a school building bond referendum yesterday, after rejecting two previous proposals.  Yesterday’s scaled-back referendum will generate nearly 30 million dollars to pay for additions and renovations at Monticello High School and the adjacent Washington Grade School. Voters twice rejected a 40-million dollar proposal to build an entirely new high school. Tuesday vote was 2295 in favor, to 1473 against.

Vermilion County Tax 

Vermilion County voters rejected a one-cent school facilities sales tax yesterday. The vote was 5103 against to 4464 in favor. Special sales taxes help pay for new school facilities in several other counties, including Champaign and Piatt.  

Douglas County Sheriff

Douglas County Sheriff Fred Galey will leave officer after one term. Galey lost in the Republican primary yesterday to one of his deputies, Joshua Blackwell, in a race that included two other candidates. Blackwell won 54 percent of the vote, while Galey received 26.04%. There were no Democrats running for Douglas County sheriff on the ballot.

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