STREATOR — Races developed in three of the five Streator-area LaSalle County Board seats up for election Nov. 6.

In the 24th District, 14-year Republican board veteran Randy Freeman, 58, of Lostant will face Democrat Gerry Senko, 51, of Streator.

Freeman said he will run on the same platform he has always had: “my personal record of keeping costs down. I represent the people, not the county board.” He works for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Senko, a newcomer to politics, said he wanted to “give a choice” to voters in the panhandle of the county.

“A lot of people think LaSalle County ends at Ill. 18,” he said. Redistricting of the panhandle district brought in rural Streator residents who have different views than the incumbent, he said.

"I’ve had a lot of positive feedback (about running) in that part of the county,” he said.

Senko has been an accountant for a liquor distributor for eight years and for 22 years before that owned a restaurant in Kangley.

In District 25, one-term Democrat incumbent Herman “Bones” Bruns, 72, will face Republican Mike Sheridan, 64. Both are from Streator.

Bruns, a retired carpenter, said his record of responding to the needs of his constituents in Bruce and Otter Creek townships is his biggest accomplishment

“I just get out and try and help people,” he said. He said if re-elected, it will be for his final term on the county board.

Prior to his election four years ago, his only political action was union-oriented.

Sheridan, a retired businessman, said he was running because “it was time I gave something back to the county.” He said he would “bring common sense” to any financial decisions.

He has never run for a political office.

In District 27, 16-year Democrat board member Don Jordan, 76, will face Republican Walter Roach, 64. Both are from Streator.

Jordan, a Realtor, is running on a campaign of keeping costs down.

“I’ve been honest with my people and have tried to keep spending down,” he said.    

Roach is retired from the state after 25 years and was a Local 83 union paver before that.

He would vote “no” on the property tax multiplier, keeping the tax bite down. Roach said he is waiting on Jordan’s voting record before he can say more.

Summing up the difference between him and his opponent, Roach said he is “very conservative.”

Incumbents near Streator who are unopposed for re-election are Democrats Ron Dittmer in District 26 and Bob Jakupcak, District 28.


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