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Donald DeWitte wins 33rd District Illinois Senate seat

Donald P. DeWitte | Photo provided by Sen. DeWitte's website senatordewitte.com

Donald P. DeWitte | Photo provided by legislative website for Sen. DeWitte

Donald DeWitte has won the 33rd District seat in the Illinois Senate, defeating challenger Nancy Zettler, according to returns as reported by the Associated Press.

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Zettler, a retired lawyer, played a leading role in helping Community Unit School District 300 — which includes schools in Carpentersville, Algonquin and Hampshire — pass two referendums to pull the district out of a financial crisis in 2006. She later lobbied lawmakers to take another look at the tax breaks given to Sears Holdings Corporation in Hoffman Estates — tax dollars that would have benefited schools.

Incumbent DeWitte, formerly the mayor of St. Charles, was appointed to the seat over the summer. He did not participate in the Sun-Times endorsement process or submit a completed questionnaire outlining his platform.

The Sun-Times endorsed Zettler for the 33rd District Illinois Senate seat, saying “If residents of the 33rd District want a state senator who will vigorously pursue causes that matter to them, we recommend Democrat Nancy Zettler of Algonquin.”

For live election results, visit the Sun-Times election guide.