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Election roundup: Two referendums appear to succeed, one uncertain while incumbents win contested races (free)

In addition to approving the Homewood School District 153 property tax referendum, one other referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot appears to be headed for approval, but the result for another is not yet clear, according to unofficial election results.

A Cook County referendum a tax increase of 0.025% to benefit the Forest Preserves of Cook County was approved by a 62.8% to 37.2% margin. 

An amendment of the state constitution that would protect workers’ right to collective bargaining appeared close to winning approval, but the outcome was not yet certain on Wednesday.

Not quite 60% of voters said yes to the amendment question. The measure needs yes votes from 60% of those who vote on the proposal or a majority of those who cast votes in the November election, even if they didn’t vote on the amendment itself. The Chicago Tribune reports that the result might not be known for sure until the State Board of Elections certifies the vote on Dec. 5.

In contested elections, incumbents dominated.

Cook County

  • Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle (D) received 60% of the vote and defeated Bob Fioretti (R), who received 37%, and Thea Tsatsos (L), who received 3%.
  • County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough (D), received almost 63%, besting Tony Peraica (R), who received more than 35% and Joseph Schreiner (L), who received just more than 2%.
  • Sheriff Tom J. Dart (D) received more than 67% of the vote; Lupe Aguirre (R) received almost 30% and Brad Sandefur (L) received about 2.7%.
  • Treasurer Maria Pappas (D) received almost 67.5% of the vote; Peter Kopsaftis (R) received more than 30% and Michael Murphy (L) received about 2.2%. 
  • Assessor Fritz Kaegi (D) with almost 77% of the vote defeated Nico Tsatsoulis (L), who received almost 24%.
  • Sixth District Commissioner Donna Miller (D) received 68% of the vote, and Anna Biedrzycki (R) received 32%.
  • The 5th District had no incumbent. Democrat Monica Gordon received 89% and Libertarian Jason Decker received 11%.


  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton received more than 65% of the vote. Republicans Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell received more than 32% and Libertarians Scott Schluter and John Phillips received 2.4%.
  • Attorney General Kwame Raoul was re-elected with about 65% of the vote to  Republican Thomas G. DeVore’s 33% and Libertarian Daniel K. Robin with 2%.
  • The Secretary of State position had no incumbent. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias won with more than 65% of the vote. Republican Dan Brady received almost 33% and Libertarian Jon Stewart received less than 2%.
  • Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza (D) was re-elected with 67% of the vote. Republican Shannon L. Teresi received more than 31% and Libertarian Deirdre McCloskey received less than 2%.
  • Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs won with more than 64% of the vote. Republican Tom Demmer received nearly 34% and Libertarian Preston Nelson received less than 2%.
  • 40th District Sen. Patrick Joyce (D) was re-elected with 83% of the vote to Republican Philip Nagel’s 17%.
  • 29th District Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D) won with more than 89% of the vote.  Republican Jeffery Coleman received less than 11%.
  • 30th District Rep. William “Will” Davis (D) received about 80% of the vote. Republican Patricia Bonk received about 20%.
  • 38th District Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D) was re-elected with 83.6% over Tom Toolis (R) with almost 16.5%.
  • 80th District Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D) defeated Al Kuypers Sr. (R) 86.3% to 13.7%.


  • U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) received 66.4% of the vote. Republican Kathy Salvi and Libertarian Bill Redpath received 32.25% and 1.35% respectively.
  • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D) won re-election with 88% of the vote to Republican Thomas Lynch’s 12%.

Winter events



  • Nanny Nikki holiday music program at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., at 11 a.m.
  • Miracle on Martin in downtown Homewood, 3 to 6 p.m.



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