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STREATOR — Residents of Streator Elementary School District 44 will be voting on a tax increase in the March 15 primary election.

In addition, a legislative seat and several countywide offices have contested races in the Republican or Democratic primaries in LaSalle County.

The referendum seeks approval to increase the education fund tax rate from its current $1.32 per $100 assessed valuation to a maximum of $2.07 per $100 assessed valuation. The increase would mean the owners of a $165,000 house would pay $412.50 more a year.

In the 76th House district, which includes Streator, Jacob Bramel and Jerry Lee Long are competing in the Republican primary. Andy Skoog, who was appointed to the position vacated when Frank Mautino became the state's auditor general, is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Bramel, 23, of Marseilles is an U.S. Air Force veteran who is campaigning full-time.

Long, 55, of Streator is a truck driver. He came close to defeating Mautino in the last election, losing by only a few hundred votes.

Republicans Karen Donnelly and Betty Roliardi are squaring off for the nomination to face incumbent State's Attorney Brian Towne.

Donnelly, 52, of Tonica, is an attorney in the Ottawa law firm Mueller Anderson & Associates. She is a 2013 graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Roliardi, 61, of Mendota, a 1992 NIU law graduate, is an attorney in the Roliardi Law Firm in Hanover. Before attending law school, she was an office manager in the state's attorney office from 1985 to 1988.

In the race for circuit clerk, Jim Olson, who was appointed to the position in December, is facing Nikena “Nikki” Baer in the Democratic primary. The winner will run against Republican Greg Vaccaro in November.

Olson, 53, of Seneca, was vice chair of the LaSalle County Board before becoming circuit clerk. He has been a small business owner in Seneca for 33 years. His son has taken over day-to-day operation of the scrap metal recycling business since he became circuit clerk.

Baer, 46, of LaSalle, is a commercial banking officer at Hometown National Bank in LaSalle, where she has been employed for more than 17 years. In 2015, she served as vice president of the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce.

With incumbent recorder Tom Lyons not running for re-election, Republicans Karen Friestad Miller and Dennis Corbin Jr. are vying for the nomination to meet Democrat Mary Beth Kuhn-Feltman in the general election.

Miller, 59, of Wallace Township in LaSalle County has worked for Buchner & O'Toole Title Co. for more than 20 years.

Corbin of Ottawa works for Waste Management Services and has 14 years of experience in the administrative and finance field.

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