Thomas A. Heister gets re-elected as Pecatonica’s village president

Published: Apr. 4, 2023 at 11:31 PM CDT
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PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) - Votes are in and Pecatonica voters chose to keep Thomas A. Heister in his seat as village president.

With 226 votes more than his opponent Greg L. Hachmeister, Heister will remain in his seat for another two years until the next election. As president he plans to focus on infrastructure improvements downtown as well as bringing the community, schools and churches together.

Heister says the village applied for a $2.5M grant for streets and hopes that project will be able to positively change the village. He says he knows it will be tough to get the community involved but knows it can get done.

“We’re gonna stabilize the community, we’re gonna clean it out in many different ways and we’re gonna move forward. We’ve had a lot of bad stuff and we’re past that but we’re gonna keep moving forward,” says Heister.

Heister was originally a trustee on the Pecatonica board before he was elected president after Bill Smull stepped down amid accusations of wrongdoing of his own. Heister says he will continue to build the trust between the board and the community as well as enhancing transparency.

Hachmeister says he ran for village president because tax dollars were not being spent in an efficient manner and he wanted to help grow the community together. He says his loyalty for the community and small business that help run it, is deeply rooted.

He runs his families Auction shop in town, Hack’s Auction and Realty Service, that has been around since the 60′s. Hachmeister says even though he did not win, he does hope there will be a seat available for him on the board and will be back in two years.

Heister will not officially be re-seated until the first week of May.

Pecatonica Village President poll results:

Thomas A. Heister (I)326 votes (77%)
Greg. L Hachmeister (I)100 votes (23%)