Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx

Several other races affecting the 19th Ward and surrounding communities were held on Election Day, and two Democratic incumbents won, and a Republican incumbent is leading.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, a Democrat, defeated Republican Pat O’Brien and Libertarian Brian Dennehy by earning 54 percent of the vote.

O’Brien had 40 percent.

Foxx earned 64 percent of the vote in Chicago, with O’Brien receiving 30 percent.

O’Brien won the 19th Ward with 60 percent. Foxx earned 35 percent.

In 2016, Foxx became the first black woman to become state’s attorney. During her term, she had faced scrutiny for her handling of the Jussie Smollett case and other issues, but she still prevailed.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) was reelected to his seat, earning 53 percent of the vote.

Republican Mark Curran Jr., Illinois Green Party candidate David Black, Libertarian Danny Malouf and Willie Wilson, of his own Willie Wilson Party, challenged Durbin.

Curran, the former sheriff of Lake County, came closest, earning 40 percent of the vote.

Durbin won Chicago with 75 percent and the 19th Ward with 56 percent.

In the race for commissioner of the First District of the Cook County Board of Review, as of press time, Dan Patlak is leading Tammy Wendt, earning 51 percent of the vote.

Patlak earned 57 percent of the vote in Chicago, including 58 percent in the 19th Ward. Similar results occurred in the 41st and 45th wards, which were also included in that race.

The Cook County Board of Review evaluates property-tax appeals.

A tense Election Day nationwide became more dramatic when voters expressed concerns about Sharpie markers bleeding through ballots, fearing that would make them illegitimate.

At the Ridge Park precinct, election officials said Sharpie markers were originally used before switching to ballpoint pens.

Ballots filled out with Sharpies were being read as “ambiguous” by the scanner, an official said, and voters encountering such problems were given a new ballot; the “ambiguous” ballots were marked “spoiled” and kept in a separate pile.

The official said an attorney working the election visited the precinct polling place and told officials to switch to ballpoint pens.

Asked about the controversy, a representative of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said Sharpies were the standard issued pens for the election and were used in the March primary election with no issue. A few people asked about the bleed-through on Election Day, but the representative said a bleed-through on Side A wouldn’t affect sections on Side B.

Similar concerns were expressed in Arizona, where officials also said Sharpies would not affect ballots.

Editor’s note: Not every precinct had reported results by press time.