Backed by top leaders of the Republican Party, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that he will seek a full four-year term in 2012.
Berlin, of Clarendon Hills, was appointed state’s attorney last December to replace Joseph Birkett, who resigned after 14 years to became an appellate court judge.
Berlin and his supporters touted his experience as a career prosecutor who served for a dozen years with the Cook County State’s Attorney office, then as first assistant in Kane County, before joining the DuPage office in 2004.
Joining Berlin during his announcement at the DuPage County Fairgrounds were Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), former Illinois Attorney General James Ryan, DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba and several other county Republican leaders.
Birkett also was in attendance but noted he could not offer an official endorsement of Berlin because of his job as a judge. County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, the current county party chairman, was not present but sent a message of support.
The Republican Party has had a stronghold on county politics and has held every countywide office for decades.
The last candidate to win an election without the regular Republican Party endorsement was Aldo Botti, who won the Republican primary against a party-endorsed candidate for County Board chairman in 1990 and then won the general election.
No opposition candidate to Berlin has emerged yet for the March 2012 primary.
“DuPage County is the best place in the country to raise a family,” Berlin said. “I will work as hard as I can to maintain that reputation.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times