In an overwhelming vote, the Winnebago County Board voted 23 to 3 in favor of appointing Nicolosi as State's Attorney. He sat in the audience Thursday night as board members discussed his appointment for about a half hour. Those supporting him said the county board should honor the decision of the Republican Caucus that recommended Nicolosi for the job...as well as the backing from Board Chairman Scott Chrisitanson. But the few naysayers questioned the politics involved in the appointment...as well as Nicolosi's credentials. "I just don't know if he has the experience and the age to tell these lawyers what to do and when to do it," said County Board Member George Anne Duckett.
"I've been in this community my whole life. I've been a professional for 22 years. I've had a lot of contact with these people," Nicolosi said.
Nicolosi dismissed claims of "politics" helping him get his new job. He said that the law was followed during the entire appointment process.
Earlier this week, the county's Republican Caucus chose Nicolosi among four candiates vying to replace outgoing state's attorney Paul Logli. Nicolosi begins his job next month.