Freeport senator named Illinois Chiefs' Public Official of 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) was honored as 2018 Public Official of the Year in Illinois.

The honors comes from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Stewart was recognized during an annual legislative conference in Springfield on Thursday.

Stewart is a retired Stephenson County Sheriff’s Sergeant and an Army veteran. He has served as a military police officer and military police investigator.

“My years serving in the military and in law enforcement give me a unique perspective on the issues important to the men and women who serve and protect our communities, our state and our nation,” Stewart said. “Of government’s many roles in the daily lives of citizens, the most important are laws that allow our public safety systems to work effectively and efficiently, and support the officers who put their lives on the line every single day.”

Illinois State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton), State Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-Des Plaines) and State Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) were also honored at the conference.