Local referenda drive voters to polls; Suburban voters split on key races
In the February 2, 2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election, suburban Cook County voters were divided on contests from governor to judicial subcircuit, according to a Post-Election Report released today by Cook County Clerk David Orr.
“With this election, we witnessed some of the closest contests in Illinois history,” Orr said. “In fact, Stickney Township voters were so split on the Democratic nominees for governor that each candidate received exactly 1,541 votes.”
On the Republican side, Sen. Bill Brady won the nomination for governor without winning a single suburban Cook County township.
Geography appears to have been a factor in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. Ten of 11 townships north of Devon Avenue voted for David Hoffman, while seven of nine south suburban townships voted for Alexi Giannoulias.
The Post-Election Report provides a snapshot of political trends in the Cook County suburbs. Sortable election results and election maps are available on cookcountyclerk.com. (Several hyperlinks in these sentences.)
The adage that all politics are local rang true, as evidenced by voters who flocked to the polls to vote on referenda for school, park and municipal projects.
- While turnout was 25.5 percent overall for suburban Cook County, it was 57.5 percent in Winnetka – where voters widely rejected referenda for a $26.5 million village streetscaping project and a $174 million building plan for New Trier High School.
- More New Trier Township voters (20,153) voted on the high school bond issue than in the Cook County Board President contest (17,078).
- Turnout was 43 percent among voters in River Forest Park District, where plans to build an $8 million recreation center were rejected.
Finally, the percentage of suburban voters casting Republican ballots grew from 33 percent in March 2006 to 35 percent in this election. Five townships – Barrington, Elk Grove, Lemont, Palatine and Wheeling – cast more Republican than Democratic ballots.