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Mike Rock wins state’s attorney race

Challenger gets 54% of vote to incumbent’s 45%

Ogle County candidate Mike Rock won the Republican bid for state's attorney.
Ogle County candidate Mike Rock won the Republican bid for state's attorney.

Ogle County challenger Mike Rock won the Republican bid for state’s attorney Tuesday against incumbent Eric Morrow.

Rock, 53, of Byron, garnered 2,762 votes, or 54.23 percent, during the general primary election against Morrow, 44, of Oregon, according to unofficial election results,

Morrow received 2,331, or 45.77 percent, of the vote.

Rock held the job as interim state’s attorney in 2013-14, and was defeated by Morrow in his bid to retain the job.

Rock, now chief of staff of the Winnebago County state’s attorney office, was first assistant to the state’s attorney in Ogle County from 2010 to 2013 before being unanimously appointed interim state’s attorney by the county board when Ben Roe became a judge. Rock was in private practice from 2000 to 2010. 

In addition to 5 years as state’s attorney, Morrow was in private practice with Smith & Morrow from 2002 to 2014, and before that was an assistant Ogle County state’s attorney from 2000 to 2002. 

There was no Democratic challenger on the March 17 ballot.

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