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Democrat incumbents hold on to Will Co. offices

RESULTS

(i) denotes incumbent

Will County auditor

(i) Duffy Blackburn 122,353, 51%

Mark Batinick 113,819, 49%

310 of 310 precincts reporting

Will County circuit clerk

(i) Pamela J. “Pam” McGuire 138,995, 57%

Marlene Carlson 101,938, 43%

310 of 310 precincts reporting

Will County coroner

(i) Patrick K. O’Neil 140,918, 59%

Charles Lyons 98,363, 41%

310 of 310 precincts reporting

Will County recorder of deeds

(i) Karen A. Stukel 125,099, 52%

Laurie McPhillips 114,903, 48%

310 of 310 precincts reporting

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:21AM



In Will County, four Democratic incumbents held off their Republican challengers for countywide offices Tuesday.

Four-term Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire and five-term Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil received nearly 60 percent of the vote in their races, while Auditor Duffy Blackburn and Recorder of Deeds Karen Stukel faced closer challenges for their second terms.

Blackburn edged out first-time office seeker Mark Batinick with 51 percent of the vote while Stukel ran 52 percent to 48 percent against Laurie McPhillips, who challenged Stukel for the second consecutive election.

Charles Lyons was also unsuccessful in a repeat try against O’Neil. Republican Marlene Carlson was seeking the circuit clerk position in her first election.

Blackburn, the state’s 2011 County Auditor of the Year, cut his office’s operating costs by 38 percent during his term, while Batinick presented himself as a watchdog who would advocate for the taxpayers of Will County against the interests of Cook County and Springfield.

“They’d been telling me for a year it’d be close (election). And it was,” Blackburn said. Blackburn believed his job performance and increased presence in community activities got him the votes he needed.

Stukel wants land records to be recorded electronically to reduce postage costs, protect against fraud and stay environmentally friendly. Like McPhillips, she also wants to see a satellite recorder’s office open in eastern Will County.

O’Neil has supervised more than 50,000 death investigations since 1992 and helped establish the state’s death investigation guidelines.

“I don’t view it as a victory for myself, but the office and the job we do,” O’Neil said. “My staff and I work hard. If we were terrible there’s no chance we’d be re-elected six times.”

While still awaiting absentee totals, Lyons narrowed O’Neil’s margin of victory to approximately 40,000 votes after losing by nearly 70,000 four years ago.

“That’s absolutely (encouraging),” Lyons said. “And I will certainly plan to run again.”



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