Kay Hatcher is slated to serve another term as Illinois state representative for the 50th District, according to preliminary election results.
Preliminary results tallied Tuesday night showed Hatcher had 28,310 votes, while her opponent, Andrew Bernard, had 16,784 votes in Kane and Kendall counties, combined, with all precincts reporting.
Hatcher, R-Yorkville, is serving her second term and ran against Bernard, D-Batavia, who is a first-time candidate. Throughout her campaign, Hatcher has aimed to build trust among legislators and their constituents.
"I'm just very grateful that I have people's trust," Hatcher said.
Hatcher said she looks forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans to resolve big issues, such as pension reform.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to chip away at the problems in the state," she said.
While campaigning, Hatcher, 66, has said Illinois could attract businesses by creating a more stable business environment – one where business owners can depend on legislators to follow through on their promises.
Hatcher also has pushed for improving the state's transportation systems, from tollways to Metra. She is also a proponent of workers' compensation reform by implementing a rule called causation. She said in Florida, causation helped reduce claims by 70 percent.
Bernard, 24, said while it didn't look like he'd win the election Tuesday, he enjoyed the excitement and learning experiences from running for the seat. He said he plans to run again in the future.
"It was a great experience. I enjoyed the entire process," he said. "... I wish everyone the best of luck, including Kay Hatcher."