Pritzker wins every precinct in Oak Park

Democratic challenger trounces Rauner, taking over 80 percent of the vote

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park voters turned out in full force for governor-elect J.B. Pritzker in Tuesday's midterm election, sending over four-fifths of their votes to the Democratic challenger.

Pritzker won the statewide election, defeating incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, with 54.2 percent of the votes cast in Illinois, compared to 39.2 percent for Rauner.

In Oak Park, however, Pritzker won by 81.58 percent of the vote, taking 21,830 of the 26,760 votes cast and defeating Rauner in every one of the village's 37 precincts.

Rauner won 4,115 votes – 15.37 percent – of the votes cast in Oak Park.

Libertarian Grayson "Kash" Jackson and Conservative Party candidate William McCann earned just over a combined 3 percent of the vote in the village.

Oak Park voters were also more motivated to turn out for the midterm election, with 69 percent of registered voters in Oak Park casting ballots. In 2014, Oak Park's voter turnout was 60.4 percent.

Pritzker also won by a wide margin in River Forest, taking 61.13 percent of the 5,429 votes cast for governor. He also won in all but one of the village's eight precincts – the 2nd – where he was defeated by two votes.

River Forest voters were also more fired up in this election, compared to the last midterm. This year, 67.4 percent of the village's 8,187 registered voters cast ballots, compared to 59.47 percent of the 7,436 registered voters in 2014.

tim@oakpark.com

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Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 2:42 PM

Mike & Bill: Thanks for taking my comment entirely too literally. Now you may return to another Oak Park townhall handwringing exercise of some kind.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 1:49 PM

Alex is a bit short on his understanding of civics, as usual. Like the fact that voters don't "try" to elect anyone. They just vote for people who did what was necessary to be on the ballot.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 1:09 PM

"In related news, Oak Parkers also tried to elect Leon Trotsky as village president..." This will undoubtedly be the dumbest thing I read all day.

Alice Caputo  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 12:50 PM

Hope closing all emissions stations is on the list. Many states have eliminated this requirement due to the average age of vehicle on the road today. We could take the savings and apply it to the underfunded pensions.

Drew Rein  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 12:01 PM

Hope re-opening the Chicago emissions stations is on his to-do list.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 9:38 AM

In related news, Oak Parkers also tried to elect Leon Trotsky as village president before realizing (disappointingly) that he's been dead for 80 years.

Nick Polido  

Posted: November 8th, 2018 8:08 PM

Self flagellation?

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: November 8th, 2018 7:24 PM

It's more fun to look at Danny Davis' results in Chicago. In the 16th Ward, 29th precinct, Davis received 253 out of 254 votes. Who was that one person who didn't vote for Davis? In the 28th Ward, 37th Precinct, Davis got 394 out of 397 votes. Was that one fed up household or did they know each other? Where else but Chicago elections do you get that consensus? Even unions voting to strike don't get those numbers. Most families can't get everyone to agree on dinner. Either way, I applaud the few and the proud who looked around those neighborhoods and thought 22 years of Davis was enough.

Edward Costello from Oak Park  

Posted: November 8th, 2018 4:00 PM

Not Surprized

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