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Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker found dead

Foul play not suspected

Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker talks July 27 at the Oregon Depot about the progress being made on the construction of the Ogle County Judicial Center Annex. Gouker, 66, of Byron, was found dead Tuesday morning.
Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker talks July 27 at the Oregon Depot about the progress being made on the construction of the Ogle County Judicial Center Annex. Gouker, 66, of Byron, was found dead Tuesday morning.

BYRON – A longtime Ogle County official was found dead in his home Tuesday morning.

County board chairman Kim Gouker, 66, of Byron, was discovered by Byron police officers doing a welfare check.

Coroner Lou Finch said foul play is not suspected. No further details were available at press time as of Tuesday night.

Gouker was elected to his first term on the county board in 1996 and has served as board chairman since December of 2012. He was instrumental in the planning and building of the Ogle County Judicial Center, the restoration of the historic Ogle County Courthouse, and the planning and building of the new Ogle County Jail that is currently under construction.

According to his Linked-In page, from 1971 to 1973 he attended Rock Valley College where he earned a two-year associate of arts degree and went on to study at Illinois State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in math, business and economics, according to his page.

The Republican board member owned an insurance, annuities and tax preparation business in Byron.

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