MT. VERNON — — A candidate's forum Wednesday hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce provided voters with information to take to the polls Tuesday.
The forum featured candidates for the races of Jefferson County sheriff, 115th state representative and Regional Office of Education for Clinton, Marion, Washington and Jefferson counties.
Republicans Robert White of Mt. Vernon and Terri Bryant of Murphysboro traded barbs during the forum while Democrat Tony Mayville of DuBois pledged to fight against the Michael Madigan-led Democratic machine and the financial support thrown to candidate William Kilquist of Jackson County.
"My opponent has received over $100,000 now from two political campaign funds — one from Michael Madigan and the Democratic majority. I know a sitting state representative up north gave $5,000. All together, he's received $206,000 in $1,000 or more donations put into his campaign fund," Mayville said. "One donation of $1,000 came within the five counties in this district; the other $205,000 came out of this district. It's hard to fight that money, but we're fighting a very good fight. I've known Bill Kilquist for 20 years now and he's a pretty good guy. I'm sorry he's the one they talked into running against me, but don't make any mistake about it, this race is between Tony Mayville and Speaker Michael Madigan."
During his close, Kilquist said he believes he has demonstrated his abilities to the people of Southern Illinois over the course of 43 years as a police officer (in Carbondale), Jackson County sheriff and as warden of the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro. Kilquist is also a member of the Board of Trustees at John A. Logan College.
"If that's what you want from Bill Kilquist, that's what you're going to get; nothing more, nothing less," he said.