More than 63 percent of suburban election races are uncontested

Date: 
March 18, 2015
Press Release
Elections

More than 63 percent of the 699 contests in the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election in suburban Cook County are uncontested, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Wednesday.

Among the uncontested races are nine of the 19 races for mayor or village president throughout suburban Cook County on April 7, Orr said. [See map]

There are 2,080 candidates running for office in suburban Cook County on April 7. Voters will choose among candidates for a host of offices, which may include village trustee, alderman, village clerk, fire protection district, library board, park district board, and elementary, high school, and community college boards.

Just 258 of 699 contests, or 36.9 percent, are contested [See map]. The percentage of contested races for this election is in line with recent comparable elections. In the 2013 Consolidated Election, 36 percent of races were contested, while in 2011, 40 percent were contested. 

Thornton, Bremen, Hanover, and Maine townships have the highest number of contested races among suburban Cook County’s 30 townships.

In 18 suburban precincts, there are no contested races on the ballot. Four precincts in Leyden Township have either 11 or 12 races on the ballot, none of which are contested. Rich Township also has multiple races that are uncontested.

There are 20 suburban races, mostly for library and park district board members, with no candidates at all.

Note: Referenda are not included in this analysis. There are 36 referenda in the April 7 election.


APRIL 7, 2015 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION

 

# contests

# contested

# uncontested

% contested

% uncontested

Municipalities

291

112

179

38.5%

61.5%

Elementary districts

139

51

88

36.7%

63.3%

High School districts

36

25

11

69.4%

30.6%

Community College districts

11

8

3

72.7%

27.2%

Unit school districts

6

1

5

16.7%

83.3%

Park districts

115

40

75

34.8%

65.2%

Fire Protection districts

13

1

12

7.7%

92.3%

Library districts

73

16

57

21.9%

78.1%

Township School Trustees

12

3

9

25%

75%

County School Trustees

3

1

2

33.3%

66.7%

Total Local Races

699

258

441

36.9%

63.1%

 

 

Mayoral and Village President Contests

Contested

Uncontested

Buffalo Grove1

Bridgeview

Country Club Hills

Chicago Heights

Countryside

Hickory Hills

Elgin2

Indian Head Park

Forest Park

Palos Park

Harvey

Prospect Heights

Hodgkins

Rolling Meadows

Oak Brook3

Schaumburg

Park Forest

Winnetka

University Park4

 

 
  1. Buffalo Grove is also located in Lake County.
  2. Elgin is also located in Kane County.
  3. Only four Oak Brook households are in Cook County. The vast majority of the village is located in DuPage County.
  4. Only 22 University Park households are located in Cook County. Most of the village is located in Will County.

 

Turnout and Percentage of Races Contested in Past Consolidated Elections

Year

Percent Contested

Turnout

2015

36.9%

N/A

2013

36%

19%

2011

40%

17%

 


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