ST. CHARLES – After 25 years on the Kane County Board, John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, did not file nominating papers seeking another term in 2020.
Instead, by the deadline on Monday, Kane County Republican Party Chairman Kenneth Shepro filed nominating papers for Hoscheit’s district – because Hoscheit asked him to run.
Though Shepro lives in Wayne, he is in Hoscheit's district.
“When John called to tell me he was not going to run again – it was a bolt from the blue,” Shepro said. “I felt honored that he asked me to run and offered me his support, which I am proud to have. … He assured me he intends to stay involved in local government and affairs, but he’s just thinks it’s time for someone else to step up to the board.”
Hoscheit said he has actually served in local government for 34 years, six years on the St. Charles Park District board and four years on the St. Charles City Council before he ran for county board.
“The top issue at the time I ran for county board was building bridges across the river,” Hoscheit said.
Red Gate Bridge and Stearns Road Bridge were built, but it was a challenging effort, Hoscheit said.
“Even many people who objected realized how important it was to get those done,” Hoscheit said.
He also served as president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District, where he was involved with successful referendums for land acquisition and preservation.
“I think we’ve accomplished quite a bit there,” Hoscheit said. “I have another year left to serve. … It’s been fun and I’ve enjoyed it.”
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he was disappointed that Hoscheit would not to run again.
“John has helped us enormously,” Lauzen said.
Shepro ran against Lauzen for board chairman in 2016 and lost.
As to Shepro running in Hoscheit’s district, Lauzen said, “You know I’m not a fan.”
Shepro’s response when told the chairman was not a fan: “Nemo perfectus.”
The Latin translates to "Nobody is perfect.”