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Winnebago County State's Attorney Stays: DeKalb County's Goes

Susan Stephens

Two contentious races for State’s Attorney were decided Tuesday in Winnebago and DeKalb Counties.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato will keep his job for another four years. The incumbent staved off a challenge by Republican attorney Glen Weber, winning over about 57 percent of voters in Winnebago County. Bruscato says there are a number of things already in place he wants to expand in his second term, including trial teams and diversion programs.

In the race for DeKalb County State's Attorney, Democrat Richard Schmack narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Clay Campbell. Schmack says one of his first priorities is to keep in place the team that will prosecute murder suspect William Curl. Looking at the bigger picture, Schmack says he has restructuring plans for the office: he says that means more training, getting a “true first assistant,” and clearing up a backlog of criminal cases within the county judicial system. Schmack has spent much of his 30-year-plus law career in private practice. He did spend some time as an assistant state's attorney in DeKalb County.

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.
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