(Chicago) – Two of three suburban mayors facing voters on Tuesday cruised to victory, while a third fell decisively.
Both Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and Calumet City Mayor Michelle Qualkinbush handily defeated their opponents, while Morton Grove Mayor Daniel Staackmann was trounced in his reelection bid.
With 30 of 33 precincts reporting, Dominick won by 60%, or 5,287 votes, besting both Juan Ochoa who took 30% or 2,655 votes and Joseph Pontarelli who pick up 9% or 788 votes.
With 22 of 24 precincts reporting, Qualkinbush skated by Democratic primary challenger Victor Green winning 63.81% or 2,283 votes to Green’s 36.19% or 1,295 votes.
Meanwhile, with all 16 precincts reporting, Morton Grove Trustee Daniel DiMaria, who belonged to Staackmann’s Action Party, crushed the incumbent taking 60.23% or 1,684 votes to the mayor 39.77% or 1,112 votes.
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