Kendall County Circuit Clerk of Court candidates squared off during a community forum hosted by WSPY FM Thursday night, outlining their plans for the office and reasons for running.
The Circuit Clerk's Office is responsible for maintaining all court records in Kendall County.
Incumbent Becky Morganegg, a Republican who has served as Clerk of Court since 2004, touted her success in implementing new technology to the office, while working within the guidelines of the Illinois Supreme Court.
“The high priority is sustaining the public service end of the office and being in compliance with state statutes and local rules,” Morganegg said.
Danae Iacovella, the Democratic candidate, said one of her main reasons for running for the position is to give voters a choice. She said the demographics of Kendall County have changed over the past decade and she wants to be the candidate to represent those new faces. Her experience managing two separate chiropractic offices would translate well into managing the day-to-day activities of the clerk’s office, she said.
“People appreciate a good manager,” she said.
The two candidates fielded questions by area reporters, exploring ways to save taxpayers money and providing online information about court cases to the community.
Morganegg said bringing in new technologies and having her staff cross-train in each other’s duties is a way to efficiently run the office. But before brining in new technologies, she said it’s important to determine if the technology is “an efficient use of funds.”
Iacovella, of Montgomery, said if elected she would focus on renegotiating rates with credit card companies for electronic payments to the courts.
Morganegg said her office is already working with the State’s Attorney to look at the percentages charged to their office by the credit card companies.
Regarding the posting of information on the office website, Morganegg said what the office is allowed to post online is dictated by the state supreme court. She said the high court has online access to some records and they comply with what they’re allowed to. She said the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site seems to answer most of the needs of the residents.
Iacovella said after addressing the credit card rates and making sure all the bills were handled, only then would she begin to address the website. She said she would like to see historical cases posted online, which might require a new hire to oversee.
The election is Nov. 6.
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