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Bertino-Tarrant Takes 49th District

The Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools, a Democrat, is projected winner over Garrett Peck.

Republican Garrett Peck lost to Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Tuesday night, winning a projected total of 37,439 votes to her 41,766 votes in Will and Kendall counties. Bertino-Tarrant won with 53 percent of the vote.

The race to represent the new 49th State Senate District saw veteran educator Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat and the current Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools, take on Republican Peck, a Village of Plainfield trustee and small business owner.

It was a big night for local Democrats. Read — Election Results Are In: Democrats Hold on to Top Will County Posts

Bertino-Tarrant, of Shorewood, touted herself as a fourth-generation Will County resident and 18-year educator, adding that she swept floors and pumped gas at her family’s business, Bertino Auto Service in Joliet.

As an educator, Bertino-Tarrant said she understands the plight of local school districts as state funding continues to dwindle.

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View vote totals by clicking on our election liveblog.

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“Some think the only solution is to cut,” Bertino-Tarrant added. “We need to prioritize when making cuts.”

Peck, meanwhile, tried to link Bertino-Tarrant to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, saying her votes would be swayed by the influential Democrat.

Bertino-Tarrant insisted she is her own person, and would vote her conscience if elected.

Both candidates said they opposed Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to shift the state’s unfunded teacher’s pension liability onto local school districts.

“Everyone has begun to recognize — finally — that Illinois has the worst-funded pension retirement system in the country and a comprehensive solution must be found,” Peck said. “But simply allowing state government to push its pension debt onto local property taxpayers is unacceptable. I cannot and will not support property tax increases.”

Vote totals will be official Tuesday, Nov. 27, when canvassing of votes is completed and after absentee ballots and provisional and grace period ballots are counted on Nov. 20, according to the Will County Clerk's Office.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS RACE:

  • GOP Candidates Talk Taxes in Plainfield
  • Peck Invites Bertino-Tarrant to Debate

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Election 2012: Incumbents Hold on to Will County Seats

Tim November 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Now Plainfield needs to get rid of all of Peck's supporters that remain on the village board. Perhaps the village can dig itself out of the doldrums caused by the 'do-nothing' approach taken by them.
Sarah K November 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Tim, maybe you should get an education so you can see what Peck could have done for us.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Peck had plenty of time to show us what he could do in his 4 years on the village board. In those 4 years, he voted 'no' to bring in businesses into strip malls that still sit empty. He abstained from almost every single important vote that came before him. I was watching him the entire time, waiting for him to do something. He never did. And that is exactly why he lost this election. He was nothing more than an empty suit. You are a perfect example of why he lost. Instead of taking the time to explain exactly what it was that he accomplished in his time on the board, you chose to make personal attacks. He has done so little, you couldn't even point to one thing he has accomplished.
Sarah K November 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Peck could do something if the democrats could get out of the way.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 03:40 AM
What, exactly, in his past record makes you believe that? He had 4 years on a village board. Not one single democrat was getting in his way. There were no Democrats twisting his arm to vote or not vote, or how to vote, for 4 years. He may be a very nice man in his personal life, but he was being judged here on his civil servant life. This may be a growing village, but people still pay attention to their local village board. They notice when there are reports of 'Peck voted no to...' or 'Peck abstained from the vote for...', month after month after month. For most residents, he wouldn't even get another term on the village board with that record, and it was rather embarrassing that he thought he deserved a promotion to a higher office. His opponent was far from the perfect candidate, and a stronger opponent could have easily taken this office.
Sarah K November 08, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Well, unfortunately, voting was picking the lesser of two evils this year, even in the Presidential race.
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Tim, Garrett Peck is accountable to more than you and your personal admitted bias. He has to be accountable to his constituents, of which you MAY be one. If you don't hear a lot of chiming in on your side, it's because he was voting the way his constituents wanted him to. Looks like Colorado might be a good spot, Tim. Rocky Mountain high.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Here's the thing Ernie, you can't get into a single conversation without making snide personal remarks about the other commenters. You can backpeddle all day long, but Peck is accountable to the voters, and the majority of them did speak out. He wasn't accountable to his constituents at all, that was just a disguise you fell for. If he is so accountable, why did he not even take out a petition for another term as a village board member? As soon as he saw a chance to move up, he forgot all about them. He didn't care about his constituents, he threw them under the bus the first chance he got. 37,000+ spoke out in agreement that they did not want what was obviously nothing more than an opportunistic suit representing them. He couldn't even win all of the Plainfield districts. People did pay attention Ernie. The mood is shifting from the climate that allowed him to get elected in the first place, and rhetoric without action just isn't going to cut it anymore. Again, anytime it is asked what he has actually done, the response is vitriol directed at the person pointing out that he did nothing. If he was so good, why is there nothing to point to in his defense?
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Tim, Positives have been listed. You have ignored or dismissed them. You have your bias. The level of agreement is so high that many are actively campaigning to ban you from this site. Quite an achievement.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ban me from the site? I'm glad you are now on record supporting censorship. Trust me, if I had said anything illegal or defamatory, I would have been long gone. The problem you have, is that you don't want to see someone pointing out the problems with your line of thinking. Censorship of ideas went out with the McCarthy era Ernie, and your nonsense threats just don't hold the weight that you think they do. I challenge you to make one comment that addresses the things being talked about, instead of making into some kind of personal attack or threat. List ONE positive thing Peck has done. I don't want to know one thing he said that you agreed with, I want one thing he has DONE listed. I already said I didn't think his opponent was the strongest candidate, and that some of the decisions she has made I didn't agree with. However, I respected her(and voted for her) based on her ability to make decisions, popular or not. Peck just hasn't demonstrated that he has the ability to make tough decisions. He would have had a lot more respect(and probably won) if he had the integrity to stand by the decisions he made instead of standing back and letting the rest of the board vote. He seemed more concerned about his future political career, and how it would look, than doing the job he was given by the voters on the village board.
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
There you go again, Tim. Read it again. I said nothing supporting censorship. Nor did I say that I was one of the "many". Words meanings are defined in dictionaries, not your perceptions. Why, Tim, should anyone be concerned with your views on this anyway? For all we know you don't even live in Illinois, much less Plainfield. I use my name. I live in town, as you have made clear. I have a stake in Plainfield government. I don't need to hide behind an alias.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
You still can not name one thing he has done. Maybe I should run for office, since I am obviously more important to talk about to you than what this article is about. Now, back to your 'claims'. You may have noticed I have listed links that support my claims, mostly links to articles on this very patch. Now, it is your turn. Name 3 people, by name, who are 'campaigning' to ban me from the site(you yourself said there are 'many', so this should be an easy task for you). You wouldn't want to hide behind an excuse of anonymity, right after you claim I am doing the same thing(with no evidence of course). That would be rather embarrassing for you. Although, I'm sure everyone who has watched your posts knows that is exactly what you are going to do. I think you need to understand that there are many people that read this site, that do not comment, or have accounts. You should ask yourself why both the candidates you supported, and hosted at your house, were handed loses in the election right after your name was associated with them. People are not dumb Ernie, they have seen your posts here, and who you supported politically. I think my fellow neighbors are more concerned with discussing the hard choices that exist in the world around them, than making personal attacks on the messenger of those discussing those hard choices. You have to try to knock others down, to validate your own ideas. I hope you have learned that doesn't work.
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Finally one thing that I agree with. People are not dumb. I notice you forgot about the winning candidates that were at my house. Selective memory again.
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Absolutely, she had lots of qualifications ($$$$$$$$$) from Madigan. Why would we want local representation when we can have a Madigan/Chicago machine representative?
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
You're saying that the Rupublican party gave as much support to Peck, as Madigan did to Bertino-Tarrant? Try again. The Illinois Democratic Party takes no direction from Madigan? Right. Yeah, the Chicago Democrats have no interest in controlling Will County (Peotone Airport). And their redeistricting had nothing to do with that. Right. I'd love to have your rose-colored glasses, but they don't fit.
Tim November 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Tom Cross ran unopposed. He didn't win. Ms. Rogodno also ran unopposed. All LOCAL candidates at your house that actually had opposition, lost. Nobody in Plainfield gets to vote for the representative in Lemont Ernie. What you should have noticed, is that the local population has the opposite ideas from the local politicians you supported. But feel free to continue making this a personal issue about me, instead of re-assessing the message you are trying to get out. Like I said, people are paying attention. If you want to play childish games, instead of focusing on the issues the local population faces, that's perfectly fine with me. You shouldn't expect to get any representation though if you are going to take that stance.
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
So they didn't win unless you say they win. Only the two count that you want. Not all the candidates present. Tim, I'm not the one who keeps inserting you into this, YOU are. By the way, Peck losing the race did not mean that he did not have the local support. Since LOCAL is such a concern, he won my precinct handily.
JeffK November 09, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Ernie, those two winning candidates you hosted at your house wanted nothing to do with the 2 losing candidates you hosted at your house. They were there out of "Republican" obligation. I know this to be FACT. While he may have won your precinct he barely won his own and did very poorly in Plainfeild Township as a whole. Take a closer look at the numbers and trends. There is data that suggest alot of his support came from rank and file republicans. If it was non partisan his numbers may have been worse. It's time to face facts that people don't really care for him or his friends. It wasn't accident that Lee ann was the only local republican elected.
Ernie Knight November 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yeah, I'm sure the HUGE amount of Madigan money that went into advertising, did nothing to sway Will County voters.
Ernie Knight November 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Ah, forced against their will to take part. Interesting theory. None of the photos show ligature marks, JeffK. What the data suggests to you, is not something I or many will agree with, hence your use of the word "suggest".
Gillian Holroyd November 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Does serving for 14 days in the Air Force make you a veteran? Let's ask Garrett Peck who keeps advertising that he went to school after serving his country in the Air Force. His statements in his biographical information are a slap in the face to true veterans like my dad, my nephew, and to Andrew Meari, whose mother is sharing her heart-wrenching story on the Patch.
Gillian Holroyd November 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Source: Capitolfax.com, November 5, 2012 "Meanwhile, Senate candidate Garrett Peck (R-Plainfield) says on his campaign website that he served in the US Air Force. The Senate Democrats FOIA’d his military records six months ago, and recently received the report. According to the FOIA, Peck was only in the Air Force for a couple of weeks, from June 18, 1997 to July 2, 1997."

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