County clerk elected in own right
Dan Hendrickson, who was appointed as Kankakee County clerk earlier this year, has now won the job in his own right.
In unofficial returns, Republican Hendrickson on Tuesday defeated his Democratic rival, Barbara Wells, with 61.9 percent of the vote.
In January, the county board chose Hendrickson to succeed Bruce Clark, who resigned last December after 32 years on the job.
Hendrickson, a deputy clerk, had worked in the office about a quarter century before becoming the top official.
Wells, president of the Kankakee school board, called for improvements to the office, and Hendrickson contended he was continuing the work of Clark, “one of the greatest county clerks to have served.”
In his campaign, Hendrickson said his office would not “rest on our laurels.”
“We always look for ways to be more efficient or to provide the very best service to the citizens of Kankakee County,” he said in a campaign questionnaire.