Kenneally on road to McHenry state's attorney win

  • McHenry County State's Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally, right, gathers with supporters Tuesday night in McHenry. Outgoing state's attorney Louis Bianchi, left, was on hand for the celebration.

      McHenry County State's Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally, right, gathers with supporters Tuesday night in McHenry. Outgoing state's attorney Louis Bianchi, left, was on hand for the celebration. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/9/2016 12:37 AM

Voters have tapped a veteran prosecutor to serve as McHenry County's next State's Attorney.

With 208 of 212 precincts reporting, Republican Patrick Kenneally held a lead of 63.5 percent of the turnout -- 85,408 votes to 49,113 votes -- over Democrat Ray Flavin, according to unofficial results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Earlier this year, Kenneally was named First Assistant State's Attorney by outgoing Lou Bianchi, who was not seeking another term.

"I'm thrilled. This is the honor of a lifetime," said Kenneally, who noted his experience in all divisions has prepared him for the job and he also lauded Bianchi's office's willingness to go to jury trials if necessary. "I'm looking forward to the first day tomorrow, getting to work."

He also pledged to expand a program where addicts can go to any police station and get fast tracked into a rehab program.

Flavin, a defense attorney from Woodstock, had said the office was overstaffed, and pledged to eliminate six attorney positions in the criminal division and pass savings to taxpayers.

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