The Bond County primary election brought in 13 percent of the county’s registered voters with 1,579 votes cast. Those numbers include the 195 early and absentee voters.

In a close race for the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn won Bond County with 227 votes over Tio Hardiman, who received 208 votes. Ann E. Callis won the Democrat vote for the 13th Congressional District, receiving over 72 percent of the votes over George Gollin and David L. Green.

On the Republican ticket, Kirk Dillard and Jil Tracy won the race for governor and lieutenant governor spots in Bond County with over 41 percent of the votes and James D. Oberweis won U.S. Senate race over Douglas Lee Truax by over 400 votes. For the 13th Congressional District, Rodney Davis had a clear win, receiving over 69 percent of votes.

Incumbents County Clerk Randy Reitz, County Treasurer Katie Weiss, and Sheriff Jeff Brown will seek re-election. Brown is a Republican and Reitz and Weiss are Democrats.

For county board seats, incumbent Democrats Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Wes Pourchot, and Howard Elmore are running for re-election. A Republican, Vance Daniken, will run against Spanky McCray in the November election for the County Board Number 2 seat.

Those seeking election or re-election for Precinct Committee positions include Republicans Edwin Glen Bowen for Pleasant Mound 1, Douglas Marti for Central 1, Barb Kirkman for Central 2, Carol Lingley for Central 5, Thomas Qualls for Central 6, Colleen Camp for Central 7, and Carl Gaffner for LaGrange 1.

Democrats running for Precinct Committee positions are Frank Lucco in Burgess 1, Steven Weiss in Burgess 2, and Dan Sidwell in Old Ripley.

Bond County citizens also weighed in on referendums Tuesday, including whether the county and townships should have the authority to arrange for electrical supply for residential and small commercial retail customers who do not reside in an incorporated municipality. That energy proposition in Bond County failed with 420 “no” votes and 360 “yes” votes. In Sorento, the proposition passed with 31 “yes” votes and 29 “no” votes and in Mulberry Grove, the proposition also passed with 34 voting “yes” and 23 voting “no”.

Those who live in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District voted against increasing the maximum allowable tax rate within the district with 492 “no” votes and 397 “yes” votes.  Voters in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection district live in Bond and Montgomery Counties. 

*These election results are unofficial until they've been canvassed next week.



In Fayette County’s primary election, Chris Smith won the Republican race for sheriff with 1,340 votes over Bruce Bowen who received 859 votes, Brent Ellis who received 336 votes, and Brad Ledbetter who received 648 votes.

In a close race for Fayette County Clerk on the Republican ticket, Vicky Conder won with 1,738 votes over Barbara Schaal who received 1,256 votes.

Ron Daniels won the Republican race for Regional Superintendent of Schools for Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties by 48 votes over Jacob Purcell.

For more Fayette County election results, visit http://www.platinumelectionresults.com/reports/15/summary#.

*These election results are not official until they've been canvassed next week.



Tuesday in Madison County John D. Lakin won the Democratic race for sheriff with 7,929 votes over Bob Hertz who received 4,401 votes.

In the Democratic race for Regional Superintendent of Schools in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin Counties, Larry Pfeiffer won with 131 votes over David Schwartz who received 68 votes. In the Madison County Board Republican race for District 11, Brad Maxwell won over Don Weber by 125 votes.

The Madison County Jail Bond Referendum, which proposed the county issue bonds in the amount of over $18 million to construct, expand, and remodel the county jail, failed with more than double the amount of votes against the proposition than there were in its favor.

Voters also weighed in on a proposition to raise the maximum tax rate for the Staunton Community Unit School District 6 one percent to just over 3.8 percent of the assessed value of taxable property. The proposition failed in with 342 “no” votes and 172 “yes” votes.

For more Madison County election results, visit http://www.madisonvotes.com/election-results.shtml.

*These election results are not official until they've been canvassed next week.


Tuesday in Clinton County, Mike Kreke won the Clinton County Board republican race for District 3 with 412 votes over Pam Mueller who received 170 votes. In the close Republican race for County Board District 4, James H. Sullivan won by 19 votes over Kevin D. Gruender.

Clinton County voters in Breese School District Number 12 voted against raising the maximum authorized tax rate for Educational purposes from .92 percent to 1.07 percent with 650 “no” votes and 227 “yes” votes.

A proposition to levy a Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Service Occupation Tax at a rate of .50 percent in the Village of New Baden passed Tuesday with 173 voting “yes” and 123 voting “no”.

For more Clinton County election results, visit http://www.platinumelectionresults.com/reports/10/summary#.

*These election results are not official until they've been canvassed next week.


In Montgomery County on Tuesday, Ann E. Callis won the Democrat vote for the 13th Congressional District, receiving 591 votes over George Gollin and David L. Green. On the Republican ticket, Rodney Davis won Montgomery County, receiving over 62 percent of votes.

Those who live in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District voted against increasing the maximum allowable tax rate within the district with 492 “no” votes and 397 “yes” votes.  Voters in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection district live in Bond and Montgomery Counties. 

For more Montgomery County election results, visit http://www.montgomeryco.com/countyclerk/pr.php.

*These election results are not official until they've been canvassed next week.




The Watson, IL man accused of killing his seven-year-old niece is changing his plea. Justin DeRyke now says he’s guilty.  He stabbed Willow Long several times back in September then put her body in a garbage bag and dumped it near the Little Wabash River according to police. 

DeRyke was arrested days after the girl went missing and at that time, he admitted that he’d killed her to put her out of her misery. He’d claimed she fell on a pile of brush and got a branch lodged in her throat.

DeRyke will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. 


At this week’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board made several cuts to personnel after an executive session. The board voted to issue a notice of non-renewal of certified staff to Kari Massa. Notices of honorable dismissal of certified staff will be sent to Sarah King, Paul Thies, Tim Gusewelle, and Rachel Schumaker. Each of those motions carried 6 to 1, with board member James Jackson voting “no”. 

The board also moved to issue notice for reduction from full-time to part-time employment of certified staff, including Laura Kraner, Erin Shevlin, Kedra Schuster, and Dustin Swarm. That motion passed 5-1-1, with Jackson voting “no” and Michael Timmerman abstaining.

Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker told WGEL the cuts were necessary due to a predicted reduction in funding for next year in the amount of $900,000 to $1 million. Additional cuts could be made next month, which could be followed by additional cuts to other programs, including extracurriculars or transportation, among many others.

During their meeting, Superintendent Strieker and several board members assured the packed room that if the budget cuts from the State were not as severe as predicted the staff impacted by the cuts could be brought back with no loss of time.

During the meeting, board members also urged the public to call their congressmen to voice concern on pending education cuts.



Kevin L. “George” Kehrer

Kevin L. “George” Kehrer, age 57, of Albert, passed away Monday, March 17.  A funeral mass will be Friday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Albers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clin-Clair Fire Department.

He was born March 11, 1957 in Belleville, IL son of Elmer J. and Margaret (Toennies) Kehrer.

Kevin is survived by a brother, Gene (Pam) Kehrer of Aviston, IL; four sisters, Susan (Marion) Seidenstricker of Nashville, IL, Marikay (Rick) Gaertner of Belleville, IL, Geriann (Ron) Norrenberns of Albers, IL, and Diann (special friend, Ed Schallert) Kehrer of Maryville, IL; and a sister-in-law, Deb Kehrer of Albers, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis E. “Wheel” Kehrer and Maurice Kehrer.

Kevin worked in the family business at EJ Kehrer Farm Supply in Albers, IL.  He was a member of St. Bernard Parish in Albers, IL, the Albers-Damiansville Knights of Columbus Council 9768, the Clinton County Farm Bureau, and was a former member of the Albers Jaycees.  He was a 1975 graduate of Mater Dei High School and trained as a mechanic at Rankin Technical College.  He enjoyed softball, bowling, soccer and horseshoes.

Dolores Jean Espenschied

Dolores Jean Espenschied, age 83 of Plano, Texas, formerly of Marine, passed away Sunday, March 17 at her residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine. Burial will be in Marine Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

She was born August 14, 1930, in Saint Louis, MO, the daughter of Frank and Era (nee Johnston) Wilson.

On September 17, 1949, she married Merle Espenschied, who passed away on April 23, 1999.

She was a member of US Bowling Congress.

Dolores was born at St. Louis, MO. She moved to Marine and she and her husband lived at the corner of Marine and Fruit Road; where she reared her children. She worked for SIUE in the Grants and Research Project Department. She and her husband moved to Plano, TX in the fall of 1978. She worked for University of Texas at Dallas in the Grants and Research Project Department; she retired in 1989. She enjoyed bowling, crafts, doing yard work, reading, taking long walks and bowling tournaments. She liked watching the Texas Rangers and she kept score at her son’s games. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Son – Dennis E. (Lenne) Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Daughter – Nancy J. (Robert) Spurlock of Richardson, TX
Grandchild - Andrew (Jessica) Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Grandchild – Whitney Foederer of Atlanta, GA
Grandchild – Erich Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Grandchild – Leslie Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Great Grandchild – Audrey Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Great Grandchild – Logan Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Great Grandchild – Clara Foederer of The Woodland, TX
Brother – Edward Wilson of Richardson, TX

She was preceded in death by:
Husband - Merle Espenschied died 4/23/1999
Father - Frank Wilson
Mother - Era Wilson nee Johnston
Twins – Infants 1951

Louellen M. Rochelle

Louellen M. Rochelle, age 85 of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, March 17 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Graveside service will be Friday, March 28 at Hug Cemetery in Millersburg, Illinois. Friends may call Thursday, March 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  

She was born May 23, 1928, Millersburg, IL, the daughter of Charles F. and Grace E. (nee Baldwin) Rochelle.

She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America Camp 364.

Louellen was born at Millersburg, IL; a 1946 graduate of Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas, IL. She went to school at St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, IL. She worked as a maternity nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL; later for Dr. Wilson as an office nurse for 18 years and retired in 1974 to take care of her mother. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery work and baby sitting for her cousins. She moved to Highland Health Care Center, Highland, IL in the fall of 2013 and later moved to Helia Health Care, Greenville, IL.

Survivors include:
Cousin-Nancy E. (John) Kirkman, Greenville, IL
Cousin-Rosemary L. “Rosie” (Pat) York, Greenville, IL
Cousin-William L. “Bill” (Connie) Kircher, Pocahontas, IL
Cousin-Donald (Donna) Gramlich, Highland, IL
Cousin-Laurine Thurnau, Highland, IL
Cousin-Mary Wilkerson, Warren, IN
Cousin-Ethel Ludwig, Ashton, IL
Cousin-Peggy (Riley) Laws, MO
Cousin-Bernice Dockery, MO
Life Long Friend-Tom Brown, Highland, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Father - Charles F. Rochelle (died 03/09/1972)
Mother - Grace E. Rochelle nee Baldwin (died 03/03/1992)
Aunt - Margaret Schabus
Aunt - Ruby M. Kircher
Uncle - John Baldwin (age 17 years)
Uncle - Infants (two uncles)
Aunt - Bertha Knebel
Aunt - Cordellia Gramlich (died 12/20/1986)
Uncle - Joe Rochelle
Uncle - Clarence Rochelle

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