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Winnebago County GOP condemns coroner’s actions, calls for resignation

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Winnebago County Republican Party has provided a comment regarding the charges filed against Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz.

Hintz and his wife, Michelle, were charged with multiple counts of forgery and theft on Thursday.

On Friday, the Winnebago County Republican Party offered comment on the charges filed against Hintz, who ran on the Republican ticket in 2016 and is running on the ballot uncontested in 2020.

In part, the party called for the resignation of Hintz.

Here's the full statement:

“The Coroner's office is a part of our criminal justice system and we just cannot have it occupied by a person accused of a crime. Additionally, it is a critical position that needs to be filled. Unfortunately, public corruption is not a partisan issue and it always places a dark cloud on our perception of government. The vast majority of elected officials are true public servants who come from amongst us, sharing our values and concerns about good governance. Mr. Hintz should now do the right thing and step down so that we can move forward with reclaiming the coroner's office and give it back to the people of Winnebago County."

Eli Nicolosi, Winnebago County Republican Party Chairman

Criminal complaints obtained by 13 WREX point to alleged criminal activities the Winnebago County State's Attorney's office say led to these charges.

The seven page criminal complaint against Michelle Hintz alleges she used the Winnebago County credit card issued to Coroner Hintz for various unauthorized purchases. The complaint outlines three different charges which happened between January 30th and February 2nd, 2020.

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Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University. He also been a producer and Assignment Editor at the station.

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