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Replacement named for Rep. McAsey

Brock A. Stein | 6/29/2017, midnight
Will County Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor has been chosen to fill the office vacated by State Representative Emily McAsey. ...

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor has been chosen to fill the office vacated by State Representative Emily McAsey.

McAsey resigned from her 85th District seat at the beginning of June in order to relocate with her husband. The 85th district encompasses parts of Romeoville, Lockport, Lockport in both Will and DuPage Counties.

Connor was chosen from a field of 4 candidates who applied for the spot and was chosen by members of the Will County and DuPage County Democratic Party on Saturday to serve out the year and half remaining of McAsey’s term.

The other candidates in the running included Lockport Township Trustee Dean Morelli, Lockport Township Collector Karen Johnson and Lewis University Development Coordinator for Corporate Relations Jared Taylor who was disqualified due to his never having voted in a Democratic primary.

According to the state’s attorney’s office, Connor has been a prosecutor there for 14 years and has worked on cases such as the investigation of the disappearance of former Bolingbrook Police Officer Drew Peterson’s wife Stacy Peterson as well as the murder of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

He is also credited with helping to establish the state’s attorney’s major crimes prosecution unit and its computer crimes unit.

“Connor also served briefly as a prosecutor for the Illinois Attorney General’s High Tech Crime Bureau in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Law School and the University of Notre Dame,” according to his bio.

Following his being named to the state rep’s office, Connor was expected to depart for Springfield this week where the general assembly is in special session to finalize a long-absent, years-in-the-making state budget before the June 30 deadline.