MORRISON – Robert E. Bradley, one of 16 Democrats on the 27-member Whiteside County Board, is stepping down Dec. 31 because of an “extended illness,” he said in a letter to fellow board members.
Bradley, 83, of Sterling, has served District 1 since first being appointed in 2010 to fill a vacant seat. He was re-elected to a standard 4-year term in 2012, and, thanks to redistricting, to a 2-year term in 2016.
The Newman Central Catholic High School graduate, now living at Sterling Pavilion, also was a building contractor for 46 years, worked for 34 years at Northwestern Steel & Wire Co., and served in Army from 1953 to 1955.
Chairman Jim Duffy said at Tuesday’s meeting that he will appoint Bradley’s replacement at the next meeting, on Feb. 20. (The Whiteside County Board does not meet in January.)
The new member also must be a Democrat, and from District 1. That person will serve until the end of the term, then must run for the 4-year seat to retain it in November.
The board has three districts, each with nine representatives. District 1 covers northeastern Whiteside County.