County says Schock should pay for elections to replace him

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Posted: Apr 13, 2015 3:22 PM

LACON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois county says former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock should pay for the special elections to replace him.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1CBoEYp ) that the Marshall County Board voted last week to send a bill for $76,000 to the Peoria Republican who resigned last month after questions about his spending. A Schock spokesman did not respond to an emailed request for comment to the board's letter.

The letter seeks a certified check or a promise from Schock that he will cover the costs of this summer's special and general election costs. County officials estimate each will run about $38,000.

The newspaper reported that Schock's campaign fund balance is $3.3 million.

"Schock has more money than the county has in its reserves," Marshall County State's Attorney Paul Bauer said.

A copy of the letter went to the other 20 election jurisdictions in the 18th Congressional District.

"There are other counties who are interested, and they're kind of waiting on someone to step forward," Marshall County Board Chairman Gary Kroeschen said.

Tazewell County officials expect to pay about $200,000 for the elections. Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said a committee will discuss the issue April 22 and the board could act as soon as the end of the month.

Zimmerman said he hopes other counties follow Marshall's lead.

"I tip my hat to them for that," Zimmerman said.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com