Narrow margins in many Lake County municipal races as vote counting ends
This year's election produced many tight races with narrow margins, leading candidates to wait as votes were counted before knowing their fate. But that's over now.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the election results in the April 6 consolidated election were declared final in Lake County, and County Clerk Robin O'Connor will sign a document Thursday making the results official.
Here's how the key races that were too close to call have shaken out:
Antioch trustee: Petrina A. Burman's slight lead over fellow challenger Mary Priller for the last of three village board seats held up. Burman earned 1,137 votes to 1,115 for Priller. Incumbent Scott A. Pierce won reelection with 1,262 votes, and challenger Brent C. Bluthardt earned a term with 1,243 votes. Incumbent Jerry Johnson was last with 1,066 votes.
Grayslake trustee: Shawn M. Vogel, the longest-tenured village trustee, finished as the last of four candidates seeking three seats. Vogel ended with 1,202 votes, 11 behind fellow incumbent Lalena Zoe Magnetta with 1,213 votes. Incumbent Adam R. Shores earned 1,339 votes, while challenger Laura Dias was the top vote-getter, barely, with 1,345.
Deer Park trustee: Keith D. Olson's lead over fellow incumbent Michael Mann for the last of three village board seats held up. Olson has collected 191 votes to 182 for Mann. Incumbent Victoria Zimmerman earned the most with 228 votes, and challenger Michael Reiser, with 204, finished second. Bozena Ryt, a challenger, finished with 118 votes.
Hainesville trustee: Eight votes were the difference in deciding the last of three village board seats. Kristine Chynoweth, wife of current board member Jack Chynoweth, earned 106 votes over incumbent John Derenoski, who had 98 votes. Incumbents Georgeann Duberstein, with 135 votes, and Walter Kriese, with 133 votes, have secured new 4-year terms.
Lindenhurst trustee: Four candidates for three village board seats finished within 51 votes of each other, but the winners are: challenger Patrick Dickson, 567 votes; incumbent Dawn Suchy, 561; and incumbent Patty Chybowski, 533. Challenger Jamie Ross had 506.
Round Lake Park trustee: Challenger Cynthia Fazekas' 13-vote lead on incumbent Robert E. Culp for the last of three board seats held up. Fazekas had 240 votes to Culp's 227. Challenger Karen M. Eggert, with 295 votes, and incumbent Robert P. Cerretti, with 258, earned 4-year terms. Challenger Ronald S. Tucibat finished with 220 votes, and incumbent Paul A. Zillmann had 214 votes.
Grayslake District 46: The race between five candidates seeking four 4-year school board seats was very tight, and fourth-place finisher Jason Lacroix's slight lead has held over Andrew Schmidt. Lacroix, an incumbent, collected 1,365 votes, while Schmidt, a challenger, earned 1,338. Incumbent Stephen Mack, with 1,473 votes, challenger Michelle Elise Anderson, with 1,416 votes, and incumbent James Weidman, with 1,391 votes, have secured 4-year terms.
Lincolnshire advisory: Just 19 votes were the difference, but the majority of voters supported allowing the sale of recreational-use marijuana in the village -- 502 voters said "yes" and 483 said "no."