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County treasurer wins second term

November 7, 2018

Republican Nick Africano won a second term as treasurer Tuesday, handily defeating his Democratic opponent, Ray Chamberlain.

Africano took 63 percent of the vote to Chamberlain’s 37 percent.

“I didn’t expect this. I’m humble and happy. I’m excited to serve my constituents for another four years,” Africano said at the GOP election party at No Dogs Sports Bar in Kankakee.

Africano took the reins of the Kankakee County Treasurer’s Office two years ago, defeating the Democratic incumbent Nick Allen, who was appointed after longtime office holder Mark Frechette retired in 2015.

In his campaign, Africano said the treasurer’s office had improved customer service under his watch. For example, he said he opened the office on Thursdays and during the lunch hours, providing 30 percent more service to taxpayers, without costing an extra penny.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain, the business representative for a union, promised to improve the office’s transparency.

Chamberlain’s campaign raised $26,000 in his campaign, mostly from unions. Africano’s collected $5,500, including a $1,000 personal loan he made to his campaign.

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