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Former St. Charles mayor to be sworn in as appointee to state senate

Donald DeWitte to finish term of Karen McConnaughay

Former St. Charles Mayor Donald DeWitte was picked to fill the term of retiring state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, and to be on the ballot for the seat in the November election. He will be sworn in Sept. 5.
Former St. Charles Mayor Donald DeWitte was picked to fill the term of retiring state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, and to be on the ballot for the seat in the November election. He will be sworn in Sept. 5.

ST. CHARLES – Former St. Charles Mayor Donald DeWitte will be sworn in as the new state senator representing the 33rd District at 6 p.m. Sept. 5, following his appointment to replace retiring Sen. Karen McConnaughay of St. Charles.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Hotel Baker at 100 W. Main St. in St. Charles, a news release stated.

DeWitte will be joined by his family and supporters, along with a number of local, county and state elected officials, led by Illinois Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington. Kane County Board member and former Forest Preserve Board President John Hoscheit will serve as master of ceremonies, and the oath of office will be administered by Judge Clint Hull of the 16th Circuit.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be sworn in to represent the residents of the 33rd Senate District and the state of Illinois,” DeWitte stated in the release. “I want to thank Sen. Karen McConnaughay for her public service here in Kane County and in Springfield. It will be my goal to continue the work she has started on numerous fronts, to maintain that strong legacy of hard work.”

DeWitte served as mayor from 2005 to 2013, and as alderman from 1993 to 2005. He served for the last five years as representative of Kane County on the Regional Transportation Authority Board in Chicago.

He was appointed to serve out the remainder of McConnaughay’s term, and will be a candidate in the Nov. 6 general election, running for a full, four-year term.

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