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Candidates For State’s Attorney and County Clerk Speak at Local Forum

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Peoria County Democratic State's Attorney and County Clerk hopefuls got their chance to share their message with voters on Saturday.

It was part of a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Gabe McLeod and incumbent Rachael Parker started the event, each discussing their plans for a more efficient county clerk's office. State's attorney Jodi Hoos and opponent Christopher McCall also spoke.

Hoos told voters she can get things done because of her close relationship with current officials -- but McCall said those kinds of relationships are what is wrong with the system.

"I have relationships with law enforcement, the chiefs of police, the sheriff, I have a relationship with the coroner, so I think to accomplish what everyone wants to, you have to get together, you have to communicate," said Hoos.

"We're about the people...why do we need that? Because violent crimes continue in Peoria County and people are calling the police less and less because of this clique nature that is here," said McCall.

The League of Women voters will host another candidate forum on January 25th with candidates for the Illinois House of Representatives 91st District.

Andy Weber

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