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Election Results Around Chicago and Its Suburbs

April 06, 2011

The votes have been tallied. Chicago has a new city council, and residents in two suburbs have agreed to pay higher property taxes.

Let’s start in the city. Four incumbent Chicago alderman were unseated yesterday, including 50th Ward Ald. Bernard Stone, 83, who has been in office since 1973.

Since the February elections, the council has lost more than one-third of its 50 members.

The new city council will be one of the most inexperienced in Chicago’s history. And with that comes a brand new mayor.

Should be interesting.

For all the results, visit chicagoelections.com.

In the suburbs, incumbent mayors were re-elected in Naperville, Schaumburg, Country Club Hills, Wheaton, Forest Park, Park Forest, Oswego, Darien and Harvey.

Voters in Prospect Heights, Elgin, Joliet, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows, Wood Dale and Yorkville chose new mayors. Highland Park elected its first female mayor.

Many suburban ballots included an educational referendum, a tough sell in this economy.

Residents in two suburbs voted to increase their property taxes to help their school systems: Wilmette and Oak Park.

In Oak Park, voters approved a 3.8 percent property tax increase for District 97. Without it, the school would have had to eliminate some sports and arts program while laying off about 90 employees.

In Wilmette, property taxes will now increase in School District 39 about $58.80 per every $1,000 in taxes paid. Without the increase, the district would have had to cut programs, eliminate staff and increase class sizes.

Those suburbs that voted no to property tax increases include Lockport, Lemont, McHenry, Mokena, Northfield, Highland Park and Deerfield.

Some of those districts will now face teacher layoffs and cuts to extracurricular activities. Many needed the money to fix school buildings.

Now they’ll have to wait for the next election to try again.

To see the results of all the suburban races, check out the website of your local election authority by county.

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