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updated: 4/11/2013 10:00 AM

Election oddities: Two Bears, a 26-year-old mayor and a man who got two write-in votes -- and won

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  • Casey Urlacher, Brian Urlacher's brother, won the Mettawa mayor's race.

      Casey Urlacher, Brian Urlacher's brother, won the Mettawa mayor's race.

 
 

With hundreds of candidates on the ballots across the suburbs, interesting things were bound to happen during Tuesday's election.

Among them:

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• Mixed results for Chicago Bears fans. Ex-Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher's brother, Casey, won the mayoral race in Mettawa, and ex-Chicago Bear Steve McMichael lost the mayoral race in Romeoville.

• The next generation took over.A 26-year-old was elected mayor of Des Plaines, while a 40-year incumbent of the Elgin City Council member lost.

• Turnout was extremely low. The village of Lakemoor has 6,025 residents, but the mayor was elected with just 329 votes. That's about 5 percent of the population. Voter turnout was about 18 percent in DuPage, Lake and Cook counties.

• Turnout wasn't low everywhere: In Winfield, where they take their politics seriously, 3,300 people voted for mayor and village board candidates. That's a turnout of almost 45 percent.

• A Democrat lives in Wayne Township? A Democrat won the Wayne Township Highway Commissioner race, something almost unheard of.

• No two-term mayors here. The village of Fox Lake continued its 40-year trend to never re-elect a mayor for a second term.

• Who says your vote doesn't count? A Pingree Grove village board incumbent won re-election over a newcomer by one vote, and in Wayne, only three votes separated second, third and fourth place in the village board race.

• The voters wanted to spend more? The Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District's proposal -- to reduce the size of its governing board from seven to five members and save $6,000 -- was rejected by a 14-12 vote.

• Ignore the name on the ballot. A Schaumburg Township trustee candidate got his name on the ballot, but only write-in votes counted for him. Voters were given notices about the change when they entered the polling places.

• Naperville changes its mind. Two years ago, Naperville voted by a 2-to-1 ratio to elect city council members by district. Tuesday, they voted by about a 3-to-1 ratio not to do that.

Daily Herald staff contributed to this report.

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