Sunday, November 25, 2012
Russell retires from DuPage County Sheriff's Office. Next step is accreditation for the Kane County coroner's office.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Kane County Coroner-elect Rob Russell followed through on his first campaign promise—even before officially taking office. On Nov. 23, Russell retired as a sergeant from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office to devote his full time and attention to his upcoming role as the next Kane County Coroner. When asked about his 20-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, Russell replied, “I have enjoyed my time there, and I will miss everyone. I have had the privilege of working for one of the most highly accredited law enforcement offices in the county. Doing so has prepared me well for my new role as coroner.” Russell plans to begin the accreditation process, which he says will help to professionalize the coroner’s office and restore credibility. “The…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dawn Brown was home alone at the time of the attack. Here are more details.
Editor's note: This story was updated Wednesday evening to include more information about why the Browns took in the dog. A 44-year-old firefighter from western Kane County died as a result of wounds sustained from a dog attack in her home, according to police. Dawn Brown was found dead Monday inside her home, located on the 400 block of Jefferson Street in Big Rock. The Kane County Coroner completed an autopsy and determined that Brown died of attack wounds from a mastiff, one of three dogs that she and her husband own. The Browns got the mastiff about a week ago from a family member, said Lt. Pat Gengler, Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman. The dog does not have a history of aggression. "We really don’t know what prompted the attack …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rob Russell wins the race with 56 percent of the vote. Here are some quotes and a recap of other Kane County races.
Republican Rob Russell won a contentious race Tuesday for Kane County coroner, according to unofficial election results. With 291 precincts reporting, Russell captured about 56 percent of the total vote. His opponent, Democratic candidate Tao Martinez, came in with 43 percent. "I’m very happy, very humbled for this opportunity," Russell told Patch. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Kane County for the next four years." Martinez said the campaign, his first time running for public office, was a challenging one. He congratulated all of tonight's winners on both sides of the political spectrum. "I have no regrets in how I ran my campaign," Martinez said. "I tried to set an example. I was not your typical candidate. Everyone noticed …
Monday, November 5, 2012
In probably the most interesting and contentious Kane County race, Democrat Tao Martinez makes a late run at Republican Robert Russell—with an endorsement from a conservative group.
In a slate of Kane County Board races, it turns out that the coroner's race is, ironically, the most lively. The Kane County Conservative Coalition—the same group that has pushed hard for Chris Lauzen's campaign for County Board chairman—is backing Democrat Tao Martinez in the coroner's race over Republican Robert Russell. A press release issued Thursday by Jon Zahm said the KCCC is endorsing a Democrat for the first time since 2002, when the group favored Pat Perez for sheriff. In the same e-mail, Zahm does disclose that his wife works as a paid political consultant for Martinez. "Most of our endorsements are of people we have been supporting for months, even years in some cases," Zahm said in the press release. "However, in one of the 20…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Writer urges Kane County residents to vote for Tao Martinez in Kane County coroner's race.
To the Citizens of Kane County, The office of coroner requires a dedicated person who can make decisions in a professional and ethical manner. Even though this office is an elected position it requires a person who can make decisions without the interference of partisan politics. In the upcoming election the citizens of Kane County have an opportunity to elect a man that will perform the duty of coroner in a professional and highly ethical manner. Tao Martinez is an ethical man who will perform his duties based on facts in each death investigation. I have known Tao for several years, first meeting him and his wife at our annual Kentucky Coroner’s Conference, where he delivered a presentation this past year. I served as coroner in Kentucky …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Brad Sauer assumes role until the November election.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay appointed former Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer as interim Kane County Coroner, according to the Kane County Chronicle. The position has been vacant since the July death of former Coroner Chuck West. Sauer will hold the role until the November elections when Republican Robb Russell and Democrat Tao Martinez will square off, the newspaper reported.
Friday, July 6, 2012
The late Kane County Coroner's visitation will be held this Sunday in St. Charles.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Charles "Chuck" H. West, 69, of Elgin, passed away July 4, 2012, at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center from complications following liver transplant surgery. He was born in Springfield, Illinois on November 24, 1942 to Melvin and Thelma West. He was Kane County Coroner for 12 years and served eight years before that as a Deputy Coroner. He was also a proud South Elgin Fire Department firefighter/paramedic and active Kiwanis member. Chuck touched many in his role as educator: District U-46 teacher/counselor for over 20 years and graduate faculty member at National Louis University and the Illinois State Police Academy. He served as president of the Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management Team (supporting …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
West passed away shortly after midnight on July 4. He was 69.
Kane County Coroner Chuck West has died, his family said through a prepared statement on Wednesday given to Yurs Funeral Homes. West, 69, passed away shortly after midnight on July 4 following complications from a liver transplant, said the statement. Visitation for West will be this Sunday, July 8, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Charles Yurs Funeral Home location, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Rt. 64 and Rt. 25) in St. Charles, said Jim Diorio, owner of the funeral home. There will likely be a funeral service on Monday, July 9, or sometime thereafter. The family will continue to finalize the arrangements on Thursday. His family “thanks his countless friends and supporters for their kindness and prayers this past year,” the statement said. …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Republican nomination for Kane County coroner pits Robert Tiballi against DuPage County Sheriff's Sgt. L. Robert Russell.
Choosing between the Republican candidates for Kane County coroner is a little like choosing between CSI and Quincy. Should the coroner be an investigator or a doctor? Both candidates offer the promise that they will be better than their predecessor, Kane County Coroner Chuck West, who is has been indicted on charges of official misconduct for allowing an employee to take a TV from the Carpentersville home of a deceased man. Both candidates have administrative experience, and both say they will restore the public's trust in the office. The contrast between the candidates is their professional background and the way they view the function and purpose of the Coroner's Office. On one hand, you have Robert Tiballi, a physician with 23 years of…