The Republican primary for Sangamon County sheriff went to former sheriff’s lieutenant Wes Barr.
Barr retired from the department last year and soon after announced he would run to replace the outgoing sheriff Neil Williamson, who has held the job for over 20 years. But Williamson backed his undersheriff Jack Campbell.
The race seemed to split the Republican party establishment in Sangamon County. Both received key endorsements. The candidates also sparred over issues such as the department’s taser policy, which Barr criticized and Campbell defended.
A central Illinois sheriff is offering to help residents apply online for concealed-carry firearms permits. The Sangamon County sheriff's office said Monday that, beginning Jan. 6, residents can use a computer in the department's records lobby. The department also will provide technical assistance.