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Frerichs Declares Victory In Illinois Treasurer's Race


Democratic state Senator Mike Frerichs appears to have won the race to be the next state treasurer.

If the current totals hold, this will go down in history as one of Illinois' narrowest general election victories.

According to the independent Illinois Election Data website, Frerichs won by fewer than 10,000 votes — a fraction of a percent of the 3.5 million votes cast.

No matter, a win is a win, and Republican state Rep. Tom Cross conceded the race.

In a statement, he says "Senator Frerichs has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state and that will serve all of us well.”

Cross, from Oswego, gave up his seat in the Illinois House to seek the treasurer’s office.

Frerichs' victory will leave an open Senate seat representing the communities of Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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