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Will County sheriff’s race: Republican spot still up for grabs

There will be a new sheriff in town in Will County after the November general election, but just who will represent the Republicans on the ballot later this year remained a mystery as ballot counting for Tuesday’s primary wound down. With 310 of 310 precincts …

No doubt about it, Oak Lawn voters want term limits

Oak Lawn voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved establishing term limits for elected officials in the village. Meanwhile, in Homer Township, voters rejected by a vote of 824 to 714 a request from the fire protection district to sell bonds to finance improvements to district facilities …

McDermed gets GOP nomination to replace Kosel

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Will County Board member Margo McDermed said voters responded to her record in nominating her in Tuesday’s Republican primary election to replace longtime Rep. Renee Kosel, R-New Lenox, in the 37th House District. On the Democratic side, Nichole Serbin easily defeated challenger August Deuser. “I …

Democratic ‘firepower’ coming to Joliet fundraiser

Democrats are making strides in Will County, and state and national party members are starting to take notice, according to Scott Pyles, the county Democratic chairman. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are scheduled to attend the county …

Election roundup: Crestwood calls on Presta

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Crestwood voters picked as their new mayor a longtime ally of the family who led the town for the past 40 years, according to early vote totals.

“I’m going to be my own man,” Trustee Louis Presta said Tuesday night. “I have a whole new …

Ninth term for Zabrocki in Tinley Park

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Longtime Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said his election Tuesday to a ninth term was a “validation” of the work done by the current village board and a repudiation of “fiction” spread by his opponent.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Zabrocki claimed 70 percent of …

Kadner: What if neighbors knew you didn’t vote?

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Voter turnout historically is low in local elections. It was less than 20 percent in suburban Cook County in Tuesday’s election. But would it be right to boost turnout by threatening to “out” non-voters? Do people respond to the possibility of being publicly shamed? In …

Kelly steamrolls in 2nd District; vows to ‘take on NRA’

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Democrat Robin Kelly breezed to victory Tuesday night, officially setting the stage for a new chapter in the scandal-ridden 2nd Congressional District that was represented for nearly two decades by the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. Kelly, 56, of Matteson, easily won over a weak Republican …

Voters split on D122 incumbents

Pat Martino and Sue Smith apparently managed to keep their New Lenox District 122 school board seats Tuesday in a crowded race that had eight candidates vying for four, four-year seats. However, incumbents William Pender and Deborah M. Kedzior may not return. Kathy Miller will …

Southland voters take to the polls

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Voter turnout was looking as gray as Tuesday’s morning skies.

But, like the rain, that was expected. Without the media splash of a presidential election, local contests typically draw fewer voters, especially in areas where there are uncontested races, said Cook County Clerk David Orr. …

Early voting up, but light turnout expected Tuesday

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As voters head to the polls Tuesday, results from early voting might provide clues about which races will draw the most interest.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cook County Clerk David Orr said they tend to be less crowded …

Will County authorities looking into Frankfort Township election mailing

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Vootz has asked the Will County state’s attorney to investigate an election mailing that was apparently distributed only to some Frankfort Township residents.

In bold print stating, “What if your neighbors knew whether you voted,”the mailing, purports to be from …

Kadner: Letter threatens to ‘out’ non-voters

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A letter threatening to publish the names of people who don’t vote in Tuesday’s local elections was mailed to residents of Frankfort Township over the weekend. “What if your neighbors knew whether you voted?” reads the ominous opening sentence. “Why do so many people fail …

Mayoral contests highlight local elections

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They don’t draw the spotlight of a presidential election, but the outcomes of municipal elections such as Tuesday’s have a much greater impact on the day-to-day lives of Southland residents, officials say.

“You are electing local officials who are spending your tax dollars,” Will County …

Father, daughter seeking trustee seats

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They may not be the Madigans family — nor do they aspire to be, thank you very much. But just as Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and his Attorney General daughter Lisa Madigan rule the roost in Springfield, Kevin Clancy and his daughter …

Trustee race is key in Mokena

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With Mokena Mayor Joe Werner having withdrawn months ago from Tuesday’s election, leaving the mayoral race uncontested, the focus has been on the races for village trustee.

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