Category: Elections

‘This Race Is Not Over,’ Says Boykin

Thursday, March 22, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Brandon Johnson and Commissioner Richard Boykin. | File 

Two days after the polls closed on the March 20 Primary Election, the race for the 1st District seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners is still undecided. 

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Brandon Johnson Claims Victory In 1st District Race

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Brandon Johnson addresses supporters at his election night headquarters in Chicago. | UWF Illinois/Twitter 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and his challenger, Brandon Johnson, were in a virtual dead heat, according to suburban and city election data that was available online — but in a 12:00 a.m. phone interview, Johnson said that his campaign’s tracking of the ballots have him up enough votes to win. 

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Davis Glides To Primary Victory In 7th District

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) easily prevailed over challenger Anthony Clark in the March 20 Democratic primary election. With roughly 90 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:20 p.m., Davis was up on Clark by a 74 percent to 26 percent margin.

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First District Commissioner Race Still Too Close To Call, But Boykin Hopeful

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Brandon Johnson and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin. 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and his challenger, Brandon Johnson, are in a virtual dead heat, according to suburban and city election data that’s available online.

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Proviso Together Raised $20K More Than Proviso First

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A Proviso Together volunteer counts vote tallies as they come in on April 4. William Camargo/Wednesday Journal

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel for Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Recent campaign finance disclosures reveal Proviso Together, the political action committee that backed four winning candidates in the April 4 District 209 school board election, out-raised its competitor, Proviso First, by nearly $20,000.

The documents, which cover fundraising from Jan. 1 through March 31, add financial context to an election that saw the Proviso Together slate sweep the four open seats on the District 209 Board of Education. The quarterly filings confirm comments made by Proviso Together’s chairperson Connie Brown to the Review in March saying her committee had received dozens of small donations.

Proviso Together reported $44,461.37 in contributions in its required quarterly filing, with an additional $5,835 in in-kind contributions.

Proviso First disclosed $24,500.50. Their filing shows an additional $844.40 in in-kind contributions.

The two political action committees formed in early 2017. As a result, their first quarterly reports were not required to be filed until after the spring election in early April. In the run-up to local elections, the Illinois State Board of Elections requires only contributions more than $1,000 — so-called A-1 gifts — to be disclosed.

Smaller donations are not reported until ballots are cast and leave election-watchers unable to know exactly how much each committee has in funds.

As reported by the Review in March, Proviso First had a large advantage in A-1 contributions, showing $16,000 in funds. Proviso Together had reported just $2,000 in A-1 contributions.

But the most recent Proviso Together report shows 147 itemized donations — ranging from $10 to $800 — from businesses, residents, and the candidates themselves. The donations are geographically diverse, with funds coming from communities across the Chicago suburbs, including Forest Park, Hazel Crest, Maywood, Westchester, Elmhurst, Brookfield, and Naperville, among others. The bulk, however, are from Forest Park.

Proviso First’s filing shows 19 itemized donations from residents and businesses in several communities, including the city of Chicago, Westchester, Berkeley, Elmhurst and Melrose Park, among others. The Proviso First candidates also contributed to the committee.

There is a $480.25 contribution from a Washington D.C. man, Chris Gallaway, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough gave $720.37. VFP

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Candidates React to Last Night’s Election Results on Facebook

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Trustee Henderson Yarbrough concedes to incumbent Mayor Edwenna Perkins on April 4. Perkins garnered 44 percent of the vote while Yarbrough garnered around 28 percent in a four-person race for mayor. | Mayor Edwenna Perkins/Facebook 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Some candidates running for numerous seats on village boards in Bellwood, Broadview Maywood and Melrose Park posted responses to the results of the April 4 election on Facebook.

We’ve compiled a few, along with Facebook photos, below:

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Katrina Thompson Election Night

After capturing around 45 percent of the vote, Katrina Thompson, pictured left, was elected Broadview’s mayor. She’s the first African American female mayor in the village’s history.

Thompson’s ticket, the Broadview People’s Party, also captured the three open trustee seats on the village’s board.



First-time candidates for trustee, Kimyada Wellington (who ran with the support of Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins) and Antonio Sanchez (who ran on the Maywood United Party ticket) were the two most popular trustee candidates in a field of 10 people who were running for three open seats. Incumbent trustee Melvin Lightford won his bid for reelection.

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