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McHenry County Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe announces re-election bid

Katherine Keefe
Katherine Keefe

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe has announced she intends to seek a third term in 2016.

Keefe, a Republican from Woodstock and a precinct committeewoman in Dorr Township, has worked in the Circuit Clerk’s Office for 28 years, the past seven as an elected official.

In a news release announcing her intention to seek another term, Keefe touted her accomplishments, which include making “great strides in automation and operating efficiency,” as well as a 15 percent reduction in staff – or 11.5 employees in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Those cuts were made through attrition.

Keefe also was the first circuit clerk in Illinois to submit court debt to the Illinois Comptroller’s Local Debt Recovery Program, she said. That resulted in an additional $550,000 collected in unpaid court debt in the first two years.

Under Keefe’s leadership, the office implemented electronic filing on civil cases, and it has been approved to roll out a similar system in August, she said.

The office is responsible for maintaining a record of all cases filed and heard in the McHenry County court system.

“The job of circuit court clerk is not a glamorous one, but it is an extremely important job that requires experience, management and organizational skills, plus an attention to detail, which I believe I possess,” Keefe said. “The job of any public official also includes using your hard-earned tax dollars wisely, which is a responsibility I take very seriously.”

Keefe joins several other county officials have announced their plans for re-election. Incumbent Republican State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi said he would seek a fourth term. Incumbent Joe Gottemoller also will seek to keep the County Board chairmanship. County Board member Tina Hill is running for county recorder. Incumbent Republican recorder Phyllis Walters has not yet decided whether to seek re-election.

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