WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with the winners in the mayor's race in Freeport's primary election.
Incumbent Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp lost his seat Tuesday in a Citizens Party primary contest with former Mayor Jim Gitz. With 100% of precincts reporting, Gitz had 1,130 votes to 896 for Gaulrapp.
In the Peoples Party contest, Jon Staben, with 215 votes, defeated Bettye Corbin, with140 votes.
Rockford Ald. D. William “Bill” Robertson, I-14, who served as Rockford Fire Chief for 17 years before entering politics, died Saturday morning after an extended battle with cancer.
Flags on city buildings were ordered flown at half staff in his honor.
“He was dedicated to the community in his role of Fire Chief, as a member of the Rockford Fire Department for 37 years, and as an alderman,” said current Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. “Our thoughts go out to his entire family in this time of great sorrow.”