March 20 Election Results Round-Up

The D65 referendum failed, but voters backed township dissolution, electrical aggregation and Jan Schakowsky.

Last night, Evanston Patch kept you informed with up-to-the-minute results from the city's most important races. Here is a rundown of the final results.

District 65 Bond Issuance Referendum

The only was also the closest race.

54.7 percent voted in opposition to District 65 issuing more than $48 million worth of bonds to finance the construction of , as well as repair and make additions to existing district schools.

Some opponents of the referendum for both District 65 and Evanston residents, while the 5th Ward school as a community-resurrecting catalyst for the surrounding neighborhood.

Township Dissolution Referendum

The ‘yes’ votes jumped out to a lead by a two-to-one margin early on in the result tabulations, a ratio that held firm when .

The advisory referendum acted as a formal survey, asking voters whether they want Evanston Township to dissolve and all its services, responsibilities, powers, assets and obligations be assumed by the City of Evanston.

However, conflicting statutes in the Illinois constitution, the township code and the general election code for putting even a nonbinding referendum on Tuesday’s ballot, making the path to actual dissolution — or the necessary vote for one — unclear.

Electrical Aggregation Referendum

by almost a three-to-one margin (73.6 percent). The law will allow the city to bundle the commercial electrical accounts of residents and small businesses in order to seek cheaper or cleaner energy from the open market. Those who do not wish to participate can opt out of the program by contacting the city.

9th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Incumbent Representative handily by taking 92.5 percent of the vote.

“I am very, very grateful to the voters of the 9th Congressional District for the overwhelming support,” Schakowsky said in a Tuesday night phone interview. “There are over 100,000 new voters in the new 9th Congressional District and I want to make sure that I’m able to find out what they’re looking for from their congressperson for the general election.”

Rebeiro said he was realistic about his chances of winning and was content with his results, but also said that he would not lend his support to Schakowsky due to fundamental disagreements with decisions in her track record.

"There is a thing called the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act),” Rebeiro said, “and it basically allows the military to arrest somebody and hold them indefinitely without charges put upon them and without that person having a defense or a court trial. And it was her party, and it was her president that supported this…It’s a really fascist law…So I can’t support any politician that would have that view.”

Read live coverage from Tuesday night’s 9th Congressional District Democrat primary election .

Noteworthy Win for former Evanston Alderman

Former Evanston 2nd Ward alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste beat out his opponent, taking 61.5 percent of the vote and retaining his position as Circuit Court Judge of Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit.

To view all results from Tuesday's primary election, click here.


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