PEORIA — Peoria County Circuit Clerk Bob Spears is asking voters for another four-year term in office.
Spears announced Sunday that he will seek re-election to the office that maintains case records for the county's court system and collects fines and fees.
He cited among his office's accomplishments over the past four years work on collecting more than $1 million in outstanding traffic fines, creating an online records portal to ease the search of court records by the public, and restructuring the office to reduce labor costs to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If re-elected, Spears said he plans to have the office work to modernize the payment system for traffic tickets, permitting offenders to submit pleas and pay their tickets without coming to the courthouse.
Other county offices up for election to four-year terms in 2020 include those of the state's attorney, coroner and auditor. Jodi Hoos, who was appointed state's attorney has said she would seek a full term in the position, and attorney Chris McCall, who unsuccessfully sought the appointment, has also said he will run for the Democratic nomination for the office. Incumbent Democrats Jamie Harwood and Jessica Thomas have also indicated they will seek new terms as coroner and auditor, respectively.
The office of county clerk will also see an election to fill out the remaining years of the late Steve Sonnemaker's term. Rachael Parker was appointed to the post in August, and longtime clerk's office official Gabe McLeod has announced he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the post.