Loughran Cappel ‘Will Be An Outstanding State Senator:’ Dickinson


JOLIET, IL — Joliet City Councilman Don "Duck" Dickinson told Patch Wednesday morning he was happy that Will County’s voters picked Meg Loughran Cappel in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the 49th District State Senate race.

The current Joliet Township High School school board member amassed nearly 60 percent of the vote as she beat two challengers

"I’m proud of her. She interviewed me for a paper while working on her degree when I was on the school board and I said, ‘You ought to run for the high school board and she won,’" Dickinson recalled.

In the weeks leading up to Tuesday, Dickinson said that Loughran Cappel "walked (the neighborhoods) practically every day. You could tell that she really wanted that. I can tell she’s going to be an outstanding state senator."

Besides Loughran Cappel, the other two candidates were Joliet City Councilman Larry Hug and Bolingbrook resident Michael Crowner. Three were competing to fill the vacancy Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who won Tuesday night’s Democratic primary for Will County Executive.

Hug told Joliet Patch he called Loughran Cappel on Tuesday night to congratulate her on her victory.

"She had the most votes. End of story," Hug told Patch.

The 49th senate district also includes a small portion of Kendall County.

As of 10:15 p.m. Will County’s Clerk’s Office had listed 100 percent of its voting precincts reporting and Kendall County had 95 percent of its precincts reporting.

The combined unofficial totals were as follows:

  • Meg Loughran Cappel, 14,496 votes, 59.4 percent
  • Larry Hug, 5,006 20.5 percent
  • Michael Crowner, 4,883 votes, 20 percent

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The 49th Legislative District included all of or part of the communities of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Boulder Hill, Channahon, Crest Hill, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will square off against Thomas McCullagh in November’s general election. McCullagh faced no opposition in his Republican primary.

According to her candidate profile, Loughran Cappel has lived in in the area since she was 5. Her grandfather, Francis J. Loughran, was a trial attorney and advocate for those in and around Will County.

"Meg was inspired by her grandfather’s legacy and became a special-education teacher, providing a voice for students with special needs. She has long been dedicated to inclusive environments for students to learn and thrive," her candidate profile notes. "Meg recognizes the need for ethical leadership in Springfield. Her own leadership, advocacy and passion have been demonstrated throughout her career, and will continue as she uses her voice in Springfield for the 49th district."

Loughran Cappel was elected to the Joliet Township school board in 2017.

"For the last 12 years, Meg has been a champion for equity in education for both teachers and students, offering them support from birth through higher education, and on to meaningful careers," her candidate profile noted.

Loughran Cappel is a member and former union representative with American Federation of Teachers Local 604, a part of the Sunday morning teaching team at Legacy Vineyard Community Church and a member of the Shorewood Chamber of Commerce.

As for her opponents in Tuesday’s primary, Hug has served as a Joliet City Councilman since first being elected in 2011. He won his re-election in April by the largest percentage margin of all the contested races for council.

Hug grew up in Mokena and has lived in Joliet since 1987.

"Larry’s basic motto in life is simple, "Family first, Family always," his profile read.

Larry Hug, image via city of Joliet

Hug’s candidate press release indicated he "wants to take the show on the road and go to Springfield as the Senator for the 49th District.

"Illinois is broke folks, we have a state to fix," Hug announced to his supporters. "That’s why I’m officially announcing my candidacy as a Democrat in the race to choose a new Senator in our 49th District."

According to his campaign, Hug has been instrumental in the city’s turnaround. At the time, Joliet was on the verge of bankruptcy with a $27 million deficit and no reserve fund. His candidate press release credited Hug with spearheading the city’s first-ever Economic Development Committee that he now chairs and pushing for the hiring of the city’s first Economic Development Director.

"Between 2014-2015 the city brought in nearly $1.5 billion in new economic development which allowed for NO tax or fee increases to the residents while allowing the city to balance its budgets and rebuild a $55 million reserve," Hug’s campaign touted. "There’s many things we need to address that are important to my fellow residents," Hug explained, "But first and foremost we must figure out how to pay for it without gouging the citizens."

The third candidate, Michael Crowner, was a resident of Bolingbrook.

"Throughout his career, Michael has been a thought partner for executives and entrepreneurs helping to drive strategy, unlock value from their companies, and create jobs throughout the Chicagoland area," his candidate profile noted. "He began his career in investment banking with a focus on public finance and has held roles in real estate, private equity, consumer goods, and mortgage lending. Legislative and community leaders have relied on Michael as an advisor for his understanding of issues surrounding finance, small businesses, minority- and women-owned businesses, real estate, pensions & investments, and community development.

According to Browner’s bio, he graduated from Plainfield High School Central and has a bachelor’s in economics from Northwestern University, a certificate in Real Estate Finance & Development from the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Crowner, image via campaign

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via Joliet, IL Patch

March 19, 2020 at 07:12AM

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