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New Illinois lawmaker sworn in

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Republican John Anthony has become the newest member of the Illinois General Assembly.

Anthony was sworn in Monday at the Grundy County courthouse in Morris.

Anthony, a Plainfield resident, was chosen by party officials to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris. The 37-year-old Anthony is a Kendall County sheriff's deputy. He'll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since the 1980s.

Anthony has been a sheriff's deputy since 2008 and has also worked as police officer in Champaign. He and his wife founded a nonprofit organization for children. Their group is called the YARN Foundation and offers after-school programs, among other things.

Roth says she's moving to Texas, where her husband's job was transferred.

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