Incumbent trustees mostly winners in Lake County

Posted4/7/2021 1:00 AM

Incumbents in Buffalo Grove appear to be the clear winners in unofficial results. With all precincts reporting, Andrew Stein had 2,240 votes, Joanne Johnson had 2,191 votes, and Lester Ottenheimer III had 1,940.

Former Trustee Mike Terson was trailing with 1,604 votes, while newcomer Gowri Magati has 1,092.


The numbers do not include late-arriving mail ballots and provisional ballots, which could slightly affect the results.

Terson, a former trustee who ran for village president two years ago, has said he planned to use this election as a springboard for another run in two years.

Stein said he was surprised by his commanding lead because the pandemic had kept him from going to the train station and grocery stores and knocking on doors. "I was not anticipating being where I am at this moment."

Vernon Hills

Incumbents Thom Koch Jr., a village trustee since 1993, and Craig Takaoka, who is seeking a second term, appeared to be clear winners in the race for the Vernon Hills village board, according to unofficial results.

With 5,304 votes reported, Takaoka had 1,129 votes, while Koch had 1,127. Michael Schenk, the only candidate not part of a slate, was third in the race for three seats with 1,044 votes.

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Koch and Takaoka are running as a team with incumbent Mayor Roger Byrne, along with Don Kathan, who has 587 votes.

Catherine "Katie" Sultan had 832 votes, while Christopher Kelly had 585.

Sultan and Kelly are running as Moving Vernon Hills Forward with Brian Lohse, who is challenging Byrne.

Koch said he is pleased with the results. "The nicest feeling about it is that people are saying, 'I like what you're doing,'" he said. "The current person who is in third place is somebody I know very well, and he is an outstanding person."

Lake Zurich

The Lake Zurich Forward slate featuring incumbents Mary Beth Ueker and Greg Weider and newcomer Dan Bobrowski won in the race for three Lake Zurich village trustee seats. Challenger Eric Dubiel was far behind.

Euker, an attorney, is seeking her second 4-year term. Weider, a former member of the village's parks and recreation advisory board, was appointed to the village boat in 2016 and won his first full term in 2017. Dubiel has been a vocal critic of the current board.


Unofficial results had Euker, Weider and Bobrowski more than doubling the vote totals of Dubiel. Those numbers don't include late mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, which could maringally affect vote totals. Euker had 1,709 votes, Weider had 1,603, Bobrowski had 1,593, and Dubiel finished with 688.


There was an apparent upset in the race for three seats on the Antioch village board, unofficial results indicate.

With all precincts counted, incumbent Scott Pierce leads with 1,243 votes, with newcomer Brent Bluthardt close behind with 1,220.

However, challenger Petrina Burman, with 1,124 votes, is ahead of incumbent Jerry Johnson. Johnson is in fifth place with 1,049, behind Mary Priller, who has 1,089. Late-arriving mail-in votes and provisional ballots are yet to be added, which could marginally affect vote totals.

Long Grove

In Long Grove, incumbents Rita O'Connor, Anne Kritzmire and Bobbie O'Reilly prevailed over challenger Mohammed Jameel, according to unofficial results.

Kritzmire said, "We are quite pleased that Long Grove residents recognize the work we have done and the current and future ideas we are excited to see come to fruition. We walked around and spoke to a lot of people -- great conversations in which people told us they are happy with what they've seen the past 4 years, and expect more progress in the next 4 years."

Round Lake Park

In Round Lake Park, two of three incumbents appeared in danger of losing, according to unofficial results.

With all precincts reporting, challenger Karen M. Eggert led the field with 290 votes, ahead of incumbent Robert P. Cerretti with 256 and challenger Cynthia Fazekas, with 235, while incumbent Robert E. Culp had 226, challenger Ronald S. Tucibat had 218 and incumbent Paul A. Zillmann had 211. Late-arriving mail-in ballots and provisional ballots are yet to be reported, which could marginally affect vote totals.

• Staff writer Burt Constable contributed to this report.

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