Four incumbents won a down-to-the-wire race to return to Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board.
With all 27 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show Kathy Brown led the pack with 1,826 votes, followed by Lisa Warren with 1,807, Eileen Maloney with 1,798 and Scott McConnell with 1,776. Newcomer Andrea Trudeau just missed with 1,759 tallies while Vasili Russis received 922 votes.
McConnell got the fourth and final seat with 17.96 percent of the vote to Trudeau's 17.79 percent. He said he went to collect his campaign signs before early votes and those that arrived by mail were counted.
"I was convinced I was going to lose," McConnell said. "I was quite surprised."
Trudeau said she'll hold out hope the result changes after provisional ballots and late-ariving votes by mail arrive to the Lake County clerk's office.
"Obviously, I'm really upset with the results," Trudeau said.
How to pay for expenses associated with aging buildings was one of the issues in the District 95 school board race.
As part of a strategic planning initiative called Forward 95, officials have outlined potential projects at all of the district's buildings. Together, they would cost about $86.7 million to complete.
That cost -- calculated in today's dollars and not accounting for inflation -- would include life safety upgrades, maintenance, capital improvements and air conditioning, along with contingencies for architecture and engineering.