Cook County: Foxx elected state's attorney; Brown captures fifth term
Democrat Kim Foxx of Flossmoor took more than 70 percent of the votes Tuesday and declared victory over Republican Christopher Pfannkuche for Cook County state's attorney
Foxx, who beat incumbent Anita Alvarez in the March primary, had 1,364,501 votes to Pfannkuche's 536,324 with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Results are unofficial.
Both candidates agreed street violence remained a major concern for residents of Chicago and suburban Cook County. Foxx, former chief of staff for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, advocated programs to reduce recidivism; develop jobs in neighborhoods where the economy depends on drug sales and increase social services to help people battle addiction. Pfannkuche, of Chicago, has been a prosecutor for 30 years.
Incumbent Dorothy Brown is headed for a fifth term as Cook County circuit clerk against Republican challenger Diane Shapiro.
Brown had 1,288,470 votes to Shapiro's 621,430 with 96 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results show. The circuit court clerk is responsible for maintaining court records in the nation's second largest unified court system. Brown's popularity with voters comes despite widespread criticism for failing to modernize the office.
Shapiro, who retired in 2009 after 30 years as a Cook County probation officer, called the computer systems and machinery outdated.
Board of Review
Dan Patlak was leading late Tuesday against Democratic challenger Martin Stack.
Patlak had 335,628 votes to Stack's 307,121 with 97 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results show. Patlak, of Western Springs, is the lone Republican on the three-member board. A former township assessor, he has been on the board since 2010.
Democratic incumbents Tuesday were the likely winners for seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Leading with most results reported are Democratic incumbent and board President Mariyana Spyropoulos with 892,275 votes; Barbara McGowan with 1,078,548 and Josina Morita with 862,295 for three 6-year terms. Democrat Martin J. Durkan continued to lead for a single two-year term with 975,178 votes, compared to Green Party candidates Christopher Anthony with 187,735 and Herb Shumann with 456,946.