Tribune Makes Its Kane County Endorsements for March 20 Primary

On the Web: Burns, Sarto, Tiballi, Herwick and Wallet win Tribune nods.

The Chicago Tribune has named its favorites for Kane County races.

County Board Chairman

GOP: Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns over state Sen. Chris Lauzen

"(Burns') extensive experience in municipal and county government merits endorsement over state Sen. Chris Lauzen, who has had something of a quixotic career in the Senate."

DEM: Bill Sarto over Sue Klinkhamer

"Sarto is a former auditor in the state Comptroller's office, skills that should serve him well in this office. He is endorsed over former St. Charles Mayor Sue Klinkhamer."


GOP: Elgin physician Robert Tiballi over DuPage County Sheriff's Sgt. Rob Russell 

"(Tiballi) says his 'professional status of being a medical detective, the doctor other doctors call when they are unable to make a diagnosis, makes me exceptionally well qualified' to lead the office. We'll buy that."

DEM: No endorsement. (Uncontested race.)

Tao Martinez is the Democratic candidate.

Circuit Court Clerk

GOP: Karin Herwick over Catherine Hurlbut and Thomas Hartwell

"(Herwick) is the chief deputy clerk of the court and has strong ideas for improving online record access and other services. She is endorsed over Kane County Board member Catherine Hurlbut and Thomas Hartwell of Elgin."

DEM: No endorsement. (Uncontested race.)

Edmund James Nendick is the Democratic candidate.


GOP: Laura Wallett over Terry Hunt

"Wallett, a CPA, has good ideas for modernizing the three-person office, streamlining purchasing and improving efficiency. She is endorsed over Terry Hunt of Big Rock and Karl Regnier of North Aurora."

DEM: No endorsement. (No candidate.)


GOP: No endorsement. (Uncontested.)

The Republican candidate is Sandy Wegman.

DEM: No endorsement. (Uncontested.)

The Democratic candidate is Brenda Rogers.

16th Circuit (Second Subcircuit)

GOP: John Walters over John Hurlbut

"Neither Judge John Walters nor attorney John Hurlbut earned a 'recommended' rating from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) based on a survey of local lawyers, but Walters did get higher marks for impartiality and legal ability, and he was appointed by the Supreme Court to the bench."

DEM: No endorsement. (No candidate.)

MattG March 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
A clean sweep for Burns on the race - Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle and now the Tribune.
Bill Page March 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Matt, you should know better by now...any compliment of Kevin will be met by the attack of the trolls. The phony Mr. "Emout," a slimy creature created by the subject of a 1996 police investigation, is just another version of the lowlifes that have constantly attacked anyone who've had a nice thing to say about Kevin. The reference to "page 45" is another example of their favorite tactic; attack the messenger, not the message. The issue is endorsements, not you, and of course since their guy got none, they need to lash out. Sad group...
Charles Emout March 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
That was far from an attack Mr. Page, just stating FACTS! While endorsements are certainly something that seem to make political operatives like yourself get "a thrill going up your leg" ... in the grand scheme of things, they don't mean squat. Like I said, Joe Pena (nice guy, that had a lot of the same dead weight behind him that Burns has now) won the endorsement game AND out raised Kevin Williams nearly 3:1 in the money game ... where is he now? Didn't even make it out of the Primary.
Charles Emout March 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Oh Billy, I almost forgot, looks like you and Mr. Brown have ventured into the County Government consulting business now too: http://www.willcountyboard.com/Board%20Agendas/Committees/Ad-Hoc%20Committee%20Agendas/Ad-Hoc%20Committees%202012/Lobbyist%20Interview%20Com%20Agenda%2027Feb12.pdf Guess your fierce defense of Mayor Burns' campaign in your standard "kill the messenger to deflect from seeing the message style" all makes sense now -- you certainly have the potential for A LOT of future contracts to never materialize if this thing doesn't shake your way -- stay classy my friend!
Bill Page March 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Jon: This is laughable. You draw a connection from our bid in Will County to some imagined contract elsewhere. And it perfectly illustrates what I was saying: this article was about Kevin's endorsements, but because your guy got zip, you come after me. Careful, Jon. I'm not like these wusses around here...and I'm most definitely not scared by a "man" with your background. Bring it on, ice cream boy.
Karen Phillips March 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Bill, I believe you are entitled to your opinion but to refer to me or to others that post in defense of the Lauzen message are not "low lifes." Does this truly reflect well on the debate? Or on the campaign you are paid to represent? In the last election Mr. Lauzen was in 69.8% of his district that went to vote felt otherwise. Please respect their opinion enough to refrain from these sorts of descriptions.
Bill Page March 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Karen:The lowlifes I refer to are the trolls that have appeared anytime someone has had something good to say about Kevin. Look at the comments; they are personal attacks on supporters, not anything close to a "debate." And, yes I'm being paid...just as you are paid by your clients. Why is that such a "Aha!" moment? Remember, too, that my comment is aimed at the mythical Mr. "Emout," but we all know who he really is; a slimeball who should still be doing time.
Charles Emout March 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Your paranoid insistence that I am "Jon Zahm" is beyond comical to me Billy! Given your history of being a paid image consultant for companies while also writing sweet nothings about them in your KC Chronicle column (Comcast and Zylstra come to mind), it's hard to believe you are anything BUT the epitome of an "opportunist" pal! If you think for a minute that people don't expect full well that you'll be lining up your clients and yourself at the Chairman's door looking for no-bid hand outs if your candidate wins - you're also delusional!
Charles Emout March 13, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Billy, I've got nothing against you or Mr. Gauntt personally (I really don't - heck, I couldn't even pick either of you out of a lineup if asked), just wish you and your cohorts would be honest and tell the TRUTH about why it is you post and defend Mayor Burns as fiercely as you do! When folks like you, Matt Gauntt, Bob Mann, Mark Wising, and others get on here and try to puff up Burns ... just be real and say it's cause you're hoping to have the Chairman's ear once this is over & done (if he should win). This facade of "innocent citizens defending Burns" is a deceptive sham, and that it all I've attempted to bring to light through the posting of verifiable FACTS!
Bill Page March 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
"Emout" is the name used for the FOIA's delivered to Zahm....which you know. And if you want a debate, have the stones to come out from the shadows...otherwise nothing you have to say is worth a damn.
Charles Emout March 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I'm not in the shadows, I'm right here pal ... right here in the open! You want to throw up a smokescreen to try and undercut my credibility, that's your prerogative, but your evidence is flimsy & my mother would beg to differ with you about my identity! Since when is stating verifiable FACTS a problem that requires an all out character assault by you and your ilk? Apparently when those FACTS are an inconvenient TRUTH that provides the basis for regular people to ask legitimate questions about the many cozy relationships between some elected officials and their handlers here in Kane County! Frankly Billy, you should be ashamed of yourself! The fact that Mayor Burns has paid you over $10,000 to "consult" his campaign is a slap in the face to the many blue collar folks in this county that do REAL WORK for a living! Getting paid all that money as a top level campaign aid & you're sitting here a week out from the election on a blog site engaged in a verbal judo match with a stranger who you claim is not credible... hmm... "Methinks thou dost protest too much"
Lois Lane March 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Yowzer, good thing Bill & Charles aren't in the same room together! Although it could also be alot of fun and very entertaining.
Dennis C. Ryan March 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Who reads the TRIBUNE any more? It's failures are why we have competing newspapers out here in "the sticks." BTW: Unless I'm wrong, Laura Wallett was "working on" her CPA, and did not have it yet. If I am wrong, please correct me. If I'm right, please attempt to correct the TRIBUNE (good luck on that.)


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