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Bertino-Tarrant Takes 49th District

The Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools, a Democrat, is projected winner over Garrett Peck.

Republican Garrett Peck lost to Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Tuesday night, winning a projected total of 37,439 votes to her 41,766 votes in Will and Kendall counties. Bertino-Tarrant won with 53 percent of the vote.

The race to represent the new 49th State Senate District saw veteran educator Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat and the current Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools, take on Republican Peck, a Village of Plainfield trustee and small business owner.

It was a big night for local Democrats. Read — Election Results Are In: Democrats Hold on to Top Will County Posts

Bertino-Tarrant, of Shorewood, touted herself as a fourth-generation Will County resident and 18-year educator, adding that she swept floors and pumped gas at her family’s business, Bertino Auto Service in Joliet.

As an educator, Bertino-Tarrant said she understands the plight of local school districts as state funding continues to dwindle.

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“Some think the only solution is to cut,” Bertino-Tarrant added. “We need to prioritize when making cuts.”

Peck, meanwhile, tried to link Bertino-Tarrant to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, saying her votes would be swayed by the influential Democrat.

Bertino-Tarrant insisted she is her own person, and would vote her conscience if elected.

Both candidates said they opposed Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to shift the state’s unfunded teacher’s pension liability onto local school districts.

“Everyone has begun to recognize — finally — that Illinois has the worst-funded pension retirement system in the country and a comprehensive solution must be found,” Peck said. “But simply allowing state government to push its pension debt onto local property taxpayers is unacceptable. I cannot and will not support property tax increases.”

Vote totals will be official Tuesday, Nov. 27, when canvassing of votes is completed and after absentee ballots and provisional and grace period ballots are counted on Nov. 20, according to the Will County Clerk's Office.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS RACE:

  • GOP Candidates Talk Taxes in Plainfield
  • Peck Invites Bertino-Tarrant to Debate

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Election 2012: Incumbents Hold on to Will County Seats

JeffK November 09, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Ernie, those two winning candidates you hosted at your house wanted nothing to do with the 2 losing candidates you hosted at your house. They were there out of "Republican" obligation. I know this to be FACT. While he may have won your precinct he barely won his own and did very poorly in Plainfeild Township as a whole. Take a closer look at the numbers and trends. There is data that suggest alot of his support came from rank and file republicans. If it was non partisan his numbers may have been worse. It's time to face facts that people don't really care for him or his friends. It wasn't accident that Lee ann was the only local republican elected.
Ernie Knight November 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yeah, I'm sure the HUGE amount of Madigan money that went into advertising, did nothing to sway Will County voters.
Ernie Knight November 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Ah, forced against their will to take part. Interesting theory. None of the photos show ligature marks, JeffK. What the data suggests to you, is not something I or many will agree with, hence your use of the word "suggest".
Gillian Holroyd November 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Does serving for 14 days in the Air Force make you a veteran? Let's ask Garrett Peck who keeps advertising that he went to school after serving his country in the Air Force. His statements in his biographical information are a slap in the face to true veterans like my dad, my nephew, and to Andrew Meari, whose mother is sharing her heart-wrenching story on the Patch.
Gillian Holroyd November 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Source: Capitolfax.com, November 5, 2012 "Meanwhile, Senate candidate Garrett Peck (R-Plainfield) says on his campaign website that he served in the US Air Force. The Senate Democrats FOIA’d his military records six months ago, and recently received the report. According to the FOIA, Peck was only in the Air Force for a couple of weeks, from June 18, 1997 to July 2, 1997."

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