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Retired Morris lawyer takes seat on Grundy County Board

Judge Sheldon Sobol swears in Ellen Hanson on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Hanson will fill the vacancy left by John Roth for two years, when she will run for reeelection.
Judge Sheldon Sobol swears in Ellen Hanson on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Hanson will fill the vacancy left by John Roth for two years, when she will run for reeelection.

MORRIS – Erienna Township resident Ellen Hanson worked as an attorney for decades before retiring in November.

On Tuesday, however, she took on another role after being appointed to a seat on the Grundy County Board vacated by John Roth after he moved out of his district.

Hanson was interviewed by a committee of Grundy County Republican precinct committeemen from District 1 for the post and presented to the board by Michael Mattingly, a member of the Grundy County Central Committee.

“We had a number of qualified persons who presented themselves,” he said.

Hanson grew up on a farm in downstate Illinois and has lived in Grundy County since 1976. She and her husband, John, ran the law firm Hanson and Hanson in downtown Morris for years. John Hanson still works at the firm.

She said she pledged to listen and find the facts in a situation and work to find the solution.

“I think the most important think about your position is we are not here to represent you, we are here to represent the people of Grundy County,” Hanson told the board before she was voted on her appointment.

She was approved by a unanimous vote.

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