ROCKFORD, Ill. - In a stunning upset, Marilyn Hite Ross has been voted in as the next Winnebago County State's Attorney after the Winnebago County Board was unable to confirm Judge Rosemary Collins' nomination.
Hite Ross, who currently serves as the Assistant State's Attorney, was one of seven finalists for the position left vacant by Joe Bruscato's departure to become Judge of the 17th Judicial Court - ironically, a position vacated by Judge Rosemary Collins.
Collins was appointed as the nominee for the position by Winnebago Board Chairman Frank Haney last Thursday.
Tonight, the full Winnebago County Board took up Collins' nomination, which failed with a vote of 15-3.
Hite Ross was then confirmed by a vote of 17-3. She will fill out the remainder of Bruscato's term, which runs until 2020.
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