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Noland bests Collins for 22nd District seat: Oberweis, Crespo take their races

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Updated: November 7, 2012 12:39AM

Incumbent Elgin Democrat State Sen. Michael Noland said he spent most of a damp Tuesday knocking on doors seeking votes before heading to Danny’s Pizza in downtown Elgin after polls closed for a 7 p.m. campaign gathering.

The effort paid off well.

Noland, who has been in the state senate since 2007, apparently bested wHoffman Estates Republican Cary Collins for the seat in a 22nd District state Democrats redrew after the 2010 census. The district now covers most of Elgin and East Dundee plus the east side of Carpentersville and much of South Elgin, Streamwood and Hoffman Estates

GOP leadership slated Collins — a former Hoffman Estates Village Board member and an attorney who specializes in administrative, municipal and pension law — to face Noland after no Republican ran in a primary.

With all 119 precincts reporting, Noland had 33,826 votes or 65 percent to Collins’ 18,217 or 35 percent and had been declared the winner by Chicago media outlets before 11:15 p.m.. As returns trickled in, Noland had held his 30 percent lead the whole night.

Per his time in office, “Over the years, I’ve seen support has grown greatly, and that’s very gratifying,” Noland said.

When he returns to Springfield, Noland said his priorities will be what they have been — righting the state’s fiscal ship through addressing pension reform and structural tax reform.

Noland noted weighty matters would await him in his continuing roles on the pension reform work group and a health benefits exchange study committee. He claimed to be committed to reinventing government and hoped to work with people on both sides of the aisle.

As for his immediate plans, Noland said he would greet commuters at the Elgin National Street Metra Station Wednesday morning then spend a few days catching up with his family. And to celebrate he was eating whatever pizza was available at the campaign party.

Collins spent a good part of Tuesday visiting a client in Manhattan, Ill. He said he found campaigning gratifying, with people he didn’t know contacting him to lend support. And he learned firsthand how diverse the 22nd District is.

“I’m 65, and I also learned I can still drag my butt out of bed every day and do this,” Collins said.

Collins, who spent part of the night with fellow Republican’s at Pop’s in Roselle, said his supporters told him they feel Noland has biases favoring certain parts of the community. The biggest difference between the two was Noland “seems more socialist than Democrat and thinks that money grows on trees,” Collins said.

In the last few weeks the Collins campaign also alleged that the Noland campaign had been actively removing or taking Collins’ lawn signs.

In the 25th State Senate District, with all 144 precincts reporting, Republican Jim Oberweis topped Democrat Corinne Pierog 50,707 to 37,514 votes or 57 percent to 43 percent victory.

Oberweis is a 66-year-old Sugar Grove resident, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, and founder of Oberweis Asset Management. Oberweis also made a name for himself as a perennial candidate — the race for the 25th State Senate District marks Oberweis’ sixth run for major political office.

Oberweis, who ran on a business-friendly platform, said that he ran again because he was asked. The candidate had both campaign experience and cash on his side. Oberweis had out-raised Pierog about 5 to 1 as of the end of September.

Throughout the campaign, Oberweis said that his major priorities for office were reforms that would make the state of Illinois a more attractive place for businesses. He said that he planned to work on workers compensation reform, pension reform and Medicaid eligibility cuts to make the state more efficient, financially stable and business friendly.

During the primaries, he also argued for voter identification laws for the state.

Pierog, who owns a consulting business for nonprofit agencies and sits on the St. Charles School Board, also fought a campaign built on job creation and fiscal responsibility, arguing for tax reforms that would take the burden off of middle class families.

The 25th District follows Route 47 from Yorkville to St. Charles on its western half. In general, the eastern half of the district covers most of the area between Route 31 and Route 59 from Elgin to Interstate 88.

In a local legislative race, incumbent Rep. Fred Crespo — a Hoffman Estates Democrat and former real estate agent who has represented the 44th since 2007 — beat Ramiro Juarez, a Streamwood Republican and primary-school teacher who was born and reared in Arlington Heights in Tuesday’s election. The 44th legislative district includes Streamwood and Hoffman Estates. With 53 of 55 precincts reporting, Crespo led 18,700 to 10,672 and was the declared winner.

Before 11:15 p.m. on Kane County’s election website, all 228 precincts had been counted.

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