Gorman re-elected to county board; opponent withdrew from race
As expected, Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman will get a fourth term on the Cook County Board, after running a re-election campaign for District 17 that was essentially unopposed -- even though there was a Democrat on the ballot.
Gorman, an Orland Park Republican, had 47,726 unofficial votes as of 9:30 p.m.
Her opponent, Jim Hickey, quietly withdrew from the race last week, too late to have his name stricken from the ballot, said a spokeswoman for the Cook County clerk's office.
Hickey, president of the Orland Fire Protection District board of trustees, mounted no visible campaign and did not respond to a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. Because he withdrew, his votes were not counted Tuesday night.
Gorman was first elected to the county board in 2002. She spearheaded a push to pose an advisory question on the ballot asking Cook County voters whether the state should earmark more funds for mental health services.
The 17th District is primarily a south suburban district, but includes much of Des Plaines and parts of Rosemont and Elk Grove Village.