Elections taking place across Chicago area

April 9, 2013 8:18:33 PM PDT
Voters headed to the polls across the Chicago area Tuesday as hundreds of candidates are vying for offices ranging from mayor to school board members to village trustees. The polls close at 7 p.m.

The results of a few high profile races are in. Robin Kelly won the Second Congressional District race and Romeoville Mayor John Noak won reelection, averting former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael's bid for mayor.

The brother of former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher will be the next village president of north suburban Mettawa. Casey Urlacher was running against Village Trustee Jeffrey Clark.

This was Urlacher's first run for public office.

Voters in Arlington Heights elected Thomas Hayes to be the next village president. One of his opponents, Ron Drake was endorsed by U.S. Senator John McCain.

In south suburban Dixmoor, Dorothy Armstrong won the race for village president. She defeated three other candidates including mother and son Wendy and Randall Casey.

It was the final race in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Late Tuesday afternoon Republican candidate Paul McKinley and supporters campaigned at Chicago's 95th Street transit station in his bid for the Second Congressional District seat.

He says his most formidable opponent in the race is the political machine that he says runs the Democratic Party in Chicago.

"I have proven without a benefit of a doubt that the Democratic Party has been overthrown by a criminal enterprise called the machine," McKinley said.

Robin Kelly, who was expected to beat McKinley by a wide margin in the heavily Democratic second district, took nothing for granted as she voted in her home south suburban precinct and campaigned at a nearby Metra station.

The City of Chicago Election Board and county clerks throughout the region report extremely low turnout.

The American flag flew in front of many houses in Frankfort , Illinois Tuesday. For many, Election Day, no matter how big or small is not to be ignored.

"I think if we can't vote we can't squawk about our community," voter Pamela Biesen said.

"People don't realize every little vote makes a difference in the town years down the road," voter Matt Craven said.

Electing mayors, village presidents, park or school board members are what voters are doing in several Chicago suburbs Tuesday.

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said these local elections the most important yet, so few voters turnout that she expects an 18-percent turnout in her county.

"They were lined up outside the doors and this election we are begging people to come out and vote," Voots said.

Voots said she does not advise begging in a way that a group calling itself "Citizens for Effective Local Government" did with this election mailing with bold print stating, "what if your neighbors knew whether or not you voted."

The mailing lists names of residents who voted or not in two previous elections.

Voters Biesen and Craven both received one.

"I've never seen anything like it, I wasn't sure out to take it," Craven said.

"It's a good idea to remind people to vote if didn't have an objection to that if that was the purpose, they went about in a clumsy way," Biesen said.

Voots said that whether or not someone voted is public record. However, she believes the mailer is a form of voter intimidation and she has asked the states attorney's office to investigate who sent it because mailer had no return address.

For more information on candidates, check out: ABC7's Online Meet the Candidates Forum.

Election results also will be available here.