A trio of Democratic women was poised to capture the top Cook County posts on Tuesday's ballot, while a grandson of late Mayor Richard J. Daley was headed to victory in his first run for public office.
State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, 52, a career prosecutor who was first elected four years ago, had 76 percent of the vote with about 60 percent of the county's precincts counted. Challenger Lori Yokoyama, a 57-year-old civil attorney and Republican committeeman, had 24 percent.
In 2008, Alvarez scored an upset in the Democratic primary by defeating the party's endorsed candidate. This time the party endorsed Alvarez, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the office.
Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, 59, appeared headed to a fourth term, with 69 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Republican Diane Shapiro, 56, a retired county probation investigator. In the March Democratic primary, Brown soundly defeated Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd.
The county will have a new recorder of deeds. Democratic state Rep. Karen Yarbrough of Maywood had 72 percent of the vote to 28 percent for Republican Sherri Griffith, 49, a sales consultant, with about 60 percent of the vote counted. Yarbrough, 62, will succeed longtime Recorder Eugene Moore, a onetime political rival she defeated in 2006 for Proviso Township Democratic committeman.
Democrats had a commanding lead in the race for three seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
They included incumbent Debra Shore, chemist Kari Steele and attorney Patrick Daley Thompson, the grandson of Richard J. Daley and nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Thompson has said he does not know if he'll ever run for higher office.
In a contest for a mostly suburban seat on the county Board of Review, which hears appeals of property tax assessments, incumbent Republican Dan Patlak, 50, the former Wheeling Township assessor, was ahead with 52 percent of the vote. Democrat Casey Thomas Griffin, 52, a deputy county recorder and former Bremen Township highway commissioner, had 48 percent.
City voters got to decide a referendum question to allow the city to negotiate lower electricity rates on behalf of residents, With more than three-quarters of the vote counted, 56 percent of voters were in favor and 44 percent opposed.
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