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John Idleburg Wins, there is a New Sheriff in Town


November 23, 2018


ohn Idleburg won over incumbent Sheriff Mark Curran by 137 ballots. This is the final tally after all provisional, and absentee ballots were counted. The announcement was made on November 20, 2018 fourteen days after the November 6 Election Day where Curran was up by about 750 votes. Idleburg will take office Monday, December 3, 2018.

"To the voters of Lake County, thank you for putting your trust and faith in me. I am honored to be your Lake County Sheriff-Elect. To the men and the women in blue, we begin a new chapter, centered on law enforcement, and I look forward to working with you over the coming years," Idleburg said.

"This race was the culmination of the hard work of all my volunteers and supporters from all walks of life. Thank you for all of your work, and I share this victory with you," Idleburg added.

"It looked "iffy" on election night," says one stanch Idleburg supporter, "But John kept the faith and expected a win when all the ballots would come in. He never gave up hope."

There were shouts of joy by campaign staff as the news came into their headquarters on Tuesday night. Idleburg fielded calls of congratulations and there was joy.

Mark Curran posted a statement on his face book page saying, "Thank you for 12 years as Lake County Illinois Sheriff. I lost by 137 votes out of more than a quarter million. Congratulations to John Idleburg."

"I believe that it is truly a blessing to have a new sheriff that will be reflective of our community and one that will address our needs," says Lake County Commissioner Vance Wyatt.

"Congratulations on a hard fought race," said Pastor Arthur J. Gass. "He is the first African American Sheriff of Lake County."

This is the first time that the majority of the county wide elected officials will be Democratic.


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