March 20 Primary Results

Updating the results from local races affecting Oak Park and River Forest voters.

Looking for race results? Keep it here; we'll be updating until it's all over but the shouting. For a complete list of Suburban Cook County race results, see the Cook County Clerk's Elections page.

In the race for the Illinois House 78th District, OPRF grad and Austin resident Camille Lilly easily defeated a challenge from Michael Nardello.


Illinois House - 78th District (Democratic)
36 of 37 Chicago Precincts Reporting; 54 of 55 Suburban Cook Co. Precincts Reporting

Camille Lilly Chicago vote totals: 3,974 Suburban Cook vote totals: 5,558 Michael Nardello Chicago vote totals: 751 Suburban Cook vote totals: 1,654

The race for the 7th District seat in the Illinois House was among the most hotly contested across the state, with leading candidates Emanuel "Chris" Welch and Rory Hoskins trading the lead throughout the night. At one point, Hoskins carried a razor thin 10-vote lead over Welch.

At 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, Welch had recaptured the lead, besting Hoskins by 37 votes. Will it hold? 

Illinois House - 7th District (Democratic)
85 of 87 Suburban Cook Co. Precincts Reporting

Emanuel "Chris" Welch 4,528 Rory Hoskins 4,491 Beyonca Johnson 1,542 Princess Dempsey 973

Illinois House - 8th District (Unopposed, Democratic)
71 of 72 Chicago Precincts Reporting; 37 of 37 Suburban Cook Co. Precincts Reporting

LaShawn K. Ford Chicago vote totals: 5,928 Suburban Cook vote totals:2,644

Longtime U.S. Congressman and West Side political veteran Danny K. Davis easily handled a challenge from Jacques Conway, a former police officer and former member of the Oak Park River Forest Community High School 200 school board. Conway had said his voting record wouldn't differ that much from Davis', but that it was time for a change in the Seventh District.

Conway told Wednesday Journal that he was "disappointed at the apathy of the public...No matter what the numbers are, they're not real numbers. There are more people who didn't vote than who did vote. It's not a mandate from the public."

U.S. Congress - 7th District (Democratic)
526 of 534 Chicago Precincts Reporting; 119 of 122 Suburban Cook Co. Precincts Reporting

Danny K. Davis Chicago vote totals: 42,001 Suburban Cook vote totals:13,890 Jacques Conway Chicago vote totals: 6,507 Suburban Cook vote totals: 3,819

In River Forest, what initially appeared to be a tight race for Community Choice Aggregation quickly progressed in favor of the plan, which to River Forest residences and commercial properties. River Forest joined dozens of other suburban Cook County communities in OK'ing the plan during Tuesday's elections.

River Forest Referendum - Community Choice Aggregation
Eight of Eight Municipal Precincts Reporting

Yes 1,202 No 747


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