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December 4, 2012

Weinard takes over as county board chairman



At this point, Integrys said Ameren has only turned over data for customers in unincorporated areas of the county.

With the passage of November’s referendum, Vermilion County was the first to pass a county-wide electrical aggregation program.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

--Weinard, 66, a Republican, was elected new county board chairman in a vote that followed political party lines, 14-13.

He becomes the first Republican chairman for the county board since Gene Beckner of Hoopeston was elected to the position in 1988.

“It’s not something that I really thought much about,” he said, calling it humbling and gratifying. “It was one of those things that evolved and came along.

“I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t campaign or seek it,” he added. “The elderly of the party in Vermilion County thought I would be the best choice at this point in time.”

Weinard was first elected to the county board in 1994, making his the third-longest tenure behind Ivadale Foster, 1980, and Robert Fox, 1992.

Most recently, Weinard served on the transportation, executive/legislative and finance/personnel committees for the board. He was selected by the county’s Republican Party as its chairman nominee during a caucus during the weekend.

In addition to county board duties, Weinard has worked as highway commissioner for Grant Township since 2005 and self-employed as a farmer since 1973.

Weinard said whether he will remain the highway commissioner has yet to be determined but he doesn’t foresee remaining at the post.

“Long-term, I don’t think it’s ethical to try and do that job and this job also,” he said.

Republicans obtained the county board majority for the first time in more than 20 years in the November election 14-13 in favor of the county’s GOP.

Board members also selected District 2 representative Mike Marron as board vice chairman

--Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman of Danville led both old and new board members in an oath of office. The board has six new members elected in November: Charles Mockbee III of Danville in District 3; Charles Nesbitt of Catlin in District 3; Cathy Jenkins of Georgetown in District 4; Bill Wright of Danville in District 5; Dennis Miller of Danville in District 6; and Larry Mills of Danville in District 7.

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