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Results were mixed Tuesday for area fire-protection districts in their requests to increase property tax assessments on the communities they serve. One district actually increased its taxpayer base.

The Blackhawk Fire Protection District southwest of Rockford received approval for a special tax of not more than .05% of assessed property value to pay for emergency and rescue crews and equipment.

There were solid wins in four of the area Congressional primaries Tuesday and one really tight contest. Only one incumbent faced primary opposition.

In the 17th District, Republican Patrick Harlan took nearly 76 percent of the vote over Knox County Tea Party leader Jack Boccarossa to win the right to face Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in the fall.

Upset Posted For Boone County Prosecutor

Mar 15, 2016

In the Republican race for Boone County State’s Attorney, challenger Tricia L. Smith upset two-term incumbent Michele Courier by nearly six percentage points.

Courier ran on her record of convictions and pursuing gang members in the county.

Smith cited her experience as a Rockford police officer, a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney as well as civil court experience.

It is the first time in Boone County history that two women have faced each other to be the county’s top prosecutor. No Democratic candidates have filed.

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One candidate pulled ahead in a pack of three in the race for the Republican nomination for DeKalb County State’s Attorney.

Rick Amato has about 44 percent of the vote. Former State’s Attorney Clay Campbell has about 31 percent of the vote while Chuck Rea has 25 percent.

The winner faces Democrat Richard Schmack in the general election in November. He ran unopposed.

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