Thursday, March 17, 2017 || By Michael Romain
With more than 3.3 million ballots cast, voter turnout throughout the state in the March 15 Illinois primary was even higher than the 2.9 million cast in 2008, according to unofficial election data.
Turnout among the 1.4 million registered voters in suburban Cook County was 48 percent — around the same rate it was in Maywood. In Proviso Township, around 55 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
Voter turnout in Maywood was highest in Precinct 40, where it hovered around 54 percent — an area bounded north-south between Bataan and Maywood Drives and east-west between 7th and 14th Avenues. Turnout was lowest in Precinct 53 — an area bounded north-south between W. Randolph St. and Maywood Dr. and east-west by 15th and 9th Street — where around 42 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
In the Democratic presidential primary, Maywood residents voted for Hillary Clinton over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a roughly 2 to 1 margin, with the former Secretary of State winning all 17 precincts in the village. Clinton garnered more than 4,300 votes, while Sanders garnered more than 2,000. Clinton won Proviso Township with around 58 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders’s roughly 41 percent.
Among the few hundred Maywood residents who cast ballots in the Republican presidential primary, 75 voted for front-runner Donald Trump — far more than any other Republican candidate on the ballot. Trump won Proviso Township with around 41 percent of the votes in the Republican primary, followed by Ted Cruz (around 24 percent) and John Kasich (around 21 percent).
In their Democratic primary, United States Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) trounced Iraq War veteran Thomas Day by at least 80 percent in the city and suburbs, with Maywood voters following the wider pattern. Davis, so far, has no Republican challenger.
In the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, Maywood voters preferred U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (8th) over former Urban League President Andrea Zopp. State Senator Napoleon Harris (15th) came in a distant third. Duckworth will face sitting Sen. Mark Kirk, who won soundly among Maywood’s Republican voters, in the November general election.
In the Illinois 7th District House Democratic primary race, incumbent Emanuel “Chris” Welch soundly defeated challenger Chris Harris, a former Forest Park Commissioner, by a more than 2 to 1 margin in Maywood. Welch garnered more than 4,100 votes, while Harris garnered around 1,500. State Senator Kimberly Lightford (4th) ran uncontested.
In key county races, upstart former prosecutor and Toni Preckwinkle’s former chief of staff Kim Foxx thumped incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and private attorney Donna More. Foxx earned more than 60 percent of the vote total in Proviso — a wide margin of victory that mirrored Maywood’s vote totals in that race. Foxx will face prosecutor Christopher Pfannkuche, the Republican candidate, in the November general election.
Alvarez had been battling a wave of controversy following the release last year of police video footage showing a Chicago Police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. The public, and Alvarez’s two opponents, condemned Alvarez for waiting 400 days to bring charges against the officer, Jason Van Dyke, and for fighting against the tape’s court-ordered release.
Maywood also voted overwhelmingly for embattled Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, whose office has been under federal investigation. Brown was endorsed by Rep. Davis and several local mayors, including Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins. Brown will face Republican Diane S. Shapiro in the November election.
Maywood resident and incumbent Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough ran uncontested.
For more unofficial election results from suburban Cook County, click here. VFP