County treasurer candidate defends past bankruptcy

OREGON – Linda Beck, a candidate for Ogle County Treasurer who currently serves as deputy treasurer for the county, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September of 2010.

Court documents show that Beck filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, with debts between $50,000-$100,000.

It appears that most of the debt was credit card related.

Reached in her office Friday morning, Beck said the bankruptcy was a hard choice to make, but the best one she could make at the time, as she was going through a divorce and was raising two children with no support. She added that the bankruptcy debt amount was closer to the lower end of that range.

“It was just a financial strain with a divorce, raising two kids on my own,” she said. “It was a hard choice to make. Very hard.”

She faces challenger Patrick Wiesner on March 20 in the Republican primary election. With no Democrats running for the position, the winner of that race effectively wins the office.

“I think information concerning a treasurer candidate's past financial history is important for the voters to consider before deciding who will manage their $20 million in annual tax revenues,” Wiesner said when reached for comment.

Beck reiterated that the filing was eight years ago.

“I’ve moved forward and I’ve made better financial choices in my life,” she said.

Beck, who has worked in the Ogle County Treasurer’s Office for 12 years, said she always makes the best financial decisions for the county, and will continue to do so.

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