Local Election

Judge Robert Wilbrandt wins judicial nomination for McIntyre's vacancy

Unofficial results show he will retain his 22nd Circuit Court judicial seat

Robert Wilbrandt
Robert Wilbrandt

WOODSTOCK – Unofficial election results Tuesday showed that Robert Wilbrandt was set to retain the judicial seat of retired Circuit Judge Maureen McIntyre.

Wilbrandt, R-Woodstock, kept his hold on a majority of the votes Tuesday, beating out the race’s three other contenders with 8,898 votes, or 37 percent of unofficial tallies.

“I’m pleased and grateful for the final results,” Wilbrandt said in an email Tuesday night. “I hope to continue to work for the benefit of our judicial system and for all the residents of McHenry County.”

Wilbrandt was promoted from associate judge to fill McIntyre’s vacancy and announced his intention to keep his seat in June.

With 11 years of judicial experience, he has presided over civil, traffic and criminal cases, and brings experience working both sides of a case – having served as a public defender for McHenry County and a local prosecutor for Fox River Grove.

“I think my experience as an attorney and as a judge were factors that voters considered,” Wilbrandt said.

Weeks before the election, Wilbrandt’s campaign was countered with a series of robocalls to McHenry County residents alleging that the judge was “under investigation” and accusing him of fabricating a military background.

Wilbrandt’s campaign manager did not comment on the calls at the time. The judge has no public record of discipline or pending proceedings within the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

The closet contender, with 30 percent of votes Tuesday, was McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri Tsilimigras, R-Cary, who tethered his campaign to a promise not to accept the position’s “excessive” pension.

Tsilimigras’ 7,317 votes were trailed by 6,080 for McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan, R-Holiday Hills, and 1,807 for attorney Ray Flavin, R-Woodstock, who received only 8 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

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