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.)

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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