Republicans to interview county board candidates Jan. 17

Online Staff Report

A meeting to interview candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Winnebago County Board has been moved from Saturday, Jan. 10, to Saturday, Jan. 17.

The Jan. 17 meeting will be at Republican headquarters, 515 N. Court St., Rockford, beginning at 11 a.m. Precinct committeemen will interview candidates interested in filling the Winnebago County Board District 1 seat vacated by Lynne Strathman.

Those interested in filling the vacated seat are required to submit a letter of interest, résumé, bio sheet and letters of recommendation to the Winnebago County Board Chairman’s Office by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12. The office is inside the Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St., Room 533, Rockford, IL 61101.

The following requirements must be met by anyone seeking to fill the open seat:

Must be a registered voter;

Must live within the Winnebago County Board District in which vacancy occurs (District 1); and

Applicant must be of the same political party of which vacancy occurred (Republican).

State statute requires the vacancy to be filled by the county board chairman within 60 days, with the advice and consent of the county board.

Deadline for this appointment is Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The last board meeting within the 60 days is Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, and the appointment will need to be made on or before that county board meeting. For more details, contact the County Board Chairman’s Office at (815) 319-4225.

The Republican Party is asking candidates to also submit a copy of their paperwork to Republican headquarters by Jan. 12 to allow review of materials prior to the Jan. 17 interview of candidates. Paperwork can be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to Republican headquarters, or emailed to

Following the Jan. 17 meeting with candidates, the Republican Party will make a recommendation to Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R).

Posted Jan. 8, 2015

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