U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

Despite mayoral loss, Chuy expands Southwest Side footprint

Spread the love

.

.

Lost citywide, but won in 12 and 14 

By Tim Hadac

Southwest Side incumbents did generally well at the polls on Feb. 28, with only one—the recently appointed 12th Ward Ald. Anabel Abarca—going down to defeat.

The biggest winner appeared to be U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th). While he lost his mayoral bid (finishing fourth in a field of nine), his protégés rolled to victory in the 12th and 14th wards, expanding his political footprint on the Southwest Side.

GSWNH JuliaRamirez 031023

A cheerful Julia M. Ramirez (right) takes a selfie with supporters on Tuesday morning, hours before she defeated 12th Ward Ald. Anabel Abarca. –Supplied photo

In the 12th Ward, with all 22 precincts reporting, Julia M. Ramirez finished with 3,151 votes (57%) to Abarca’s 2,426 (43%). Abarca is backed by her predecessor, longtime Ald. George Cardenas, who left his aldermanic seat last fall when he was elected to the Cook County Board of Review.

Cardenas remains Democratic committeeman of the ward.

In the 13th Ward, Ald. Marty Quinn crushed challenger Paul Bruton, in the most lopsided contest of the day. With all 40 precincts reporting. Quinn ended with 10,910 votes (88%) to Paul Bruton’s 1,501 (12%).

In a statement sent to the press, a victorious Quinn said, “I want to thank the voters of the 13th Ward for reelecting me as your alderman for the next four years. We have accomplished a lot together to make our community a place where people want to live, raise a family and set down roots. But we have more work to do, and I’m honored to work alongside the 13th Ward residents to get it done.”

The 14th Ward race to succeed Edward M. Burke, the longtime dean of the City Council, was not close. With all 15 precincts reporting, García protégé Jeylú B. Gutiérrez racked up 2,937 votes (65%) to 1,573 (35%) for Raul Reyes, who was said to be Burke’s candidate.

With the victory, García has complete control of the ward. The Democratic committeeman of the ward, Aarón Ortíz, is a García disciple.

Burke, facing a federal indictment on corruption charges (he has denied accusations of wrongdoing), now appears to be out of 14th Ward politics for the first time since 1968.

GSWNH LopezSanMiguel 031023

Students at San Miguel School in Back of the Yards insisted on a selfie with 15th Ward Ald. Raymond A. Lopez, who was happy to oblige. –Supplied photo

In the 15th Ward, with all precincts reporting, Ald. Raymond A. Lopez finished with 3,007 votes (64%) to 1,115 (24%) for Victoria “Vicko” Alvarez and 546 (12%) for Gloria Ann Williams.

The campaign was frequently bitter between Lopez and Alvarez, with each accusing the other of being a hardliner: Lopez allegedly an anti-immigrant right-winger and Alvarez allegedly being an anti-police left-winger.

Lopez remains Democratic committeeman of the ward.

Alvarez was defiant in defeat.

“We demanded the reopening of our mental health clinics,” she said., “We demanded fully funded schools. We demanded state of the art libraries. We ran this our way. Demanding the world for the Southwest Side. The fight continues.”

In fact, it will continue in that Alvarez is one of a slate of Chicago Teachers Union-backed candidates and will doubtless throw herself into the mayoral campaign of Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson (D-1st), the CTU-backed candidate who finished second to former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas. The two will face off in a runoff election set for Tuesday, April 4.

In the 18th Ward, Ald. Derrick G. Curtis defeated challenger Heather Wills by a comfortable margin, With all 26 precincts reporting, Curtis amassed 6,982 votes (61%) to 4,372 (39%) for Wills.

Curtis also serves as Democratic ward committeeman.

Also winning comfortably was 22nd Ward Ald. Michael D. Rodriguez. With all 19 precincts reporting, Rodriguez finished with 2,942 votes (66%) to 793 (18%) for Kristian R, Armendariz and 692 (16%) for Neftalie Gonzalez.

The 22nd Ward has long been the heart of García’s political base, and Rodriguez is his Democratic committeeman.

Finally, 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares brushed back a challenge from West Lawn resident and business owner Eddie Guillen. With all 33 precincts reporting, Tabares had 6,305 votes (73%) to 2,317 (27%) for Guillen. The race saw Guillen surrogates try to portray the race as an “us versus them” struggle between Garfield Ridge (where Tabares lives) and neighborhoods east of the airport. But apparently, not enough people in West Lawn and West Elsdon bought the argument.

Tabares remains Democratic committeeman of the ward.

In the race for the newly created police council in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District, the top three finishers won. With 127 of 129 precincts reporting, Al Cacciottolo  led the pack of four candidates with 21,090 votes (30%) to 18,449 (26%) for Jason Huff, 16,436 (23%) for Mark Hamberlin and 14,018 (20%) for Letina K. Brady Pettis.

The mayoral race results were clear. With 1,277 of 1,291 precincts reporting, Paul Vallas led with 172.093 votes (34%), 103.387 (20%) for Brandon Johnson, 86,952 (17%) for incumbent Lori Lightfoot, 70,006 (14%) for Jesús “Chuy” García, 48,658 (10%) for Willie Wilson, 10,845 (2%) for Ja’Mal Green, 9,111 (2%) for Kam Buckner, 6,344 (1%) for Sophia King and 2,160 (1%) for Roderick Sawyer.

Vote totals released Tuesday night by the Chicago Board of Elections are unofficial and will change slightly as mail-in votes are counted. But it is not expected to change any of the Southwest Side or citywide results.

Local News

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

College Sports Wrap | Morton women to play for Region IV title

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Area college basketball teams are rapidly getting eliminated from the postseason, but one team that usually can be counted on in making a deep postseason run is the Morton College women’s team. The Panthers waltzed through the Region IV quarterfinals with a 93-54 win over Elgin Community College on…

Nazareth dropped a 44-40 decision to Loyola on March 2 to finish second in Class 4A. Photo by Randy Whalen

Girls Basketball Class 4A State Championship | Loyola finishes unbeaten, denies Nazareth a second straight state title

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Randy Whalen Correspondent Even through the disappointment of a close state championship game loss, Olivia Austin was nothing but grateful. Between basketball and volleyball, the Nazareth senior played in five state title game over the past three years. Unfortunately for her and the Roadrunners, the ending to the most recent of those…

The Cleveland Cavs started selling shirts of Max Strus' half-court game-winning shot at the end of February.

Area Sports Roundup | Stagg grad Max Strus drains legendary buzzer-beater

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Registration for the Max Strus Basketball Camp in July goes live on March 28, and campers may want to talk to the former Stagg star about his heroics in a Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory last month. Strus, who is in his first season with Cleveland after three years with the…

Abbey Murphy, an Evergreen Park resident who plays at Minnesota, is the top goal-scorer in NCAA DI women’s hockey. Photo Courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics

Abbey Murphy leading NCAA women’s hockey in goals

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent The 2023-2024 college hockey season has been memorable thus far for Evergreen Park resident Abbey Murphy. Murphy, a Mother McAuley graduate who is a junior at Minnesota, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Forward of the Month for November and December. In November, Murphy tallied six goals and…

New Red Stars general manager Richard Feuz is ready for the 2024 season to get rolling. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars reportedly seeking Chicago stadium

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Signs are indicating the Chicago Red Stars will be moving out of SeatGeek Stadium. The Bridgeview-owned facility, formerly known as Toyota Park, has been the home of the NWSL franchise since 2016. The Red Stars’ lease with Bridgeview runs through December 2025. Where they play after that it’s anyone’s…

GSWNH_StBedeVBallTourneyChamps_030124

Tigers roar on Marist volleyball courts

Spread the love

Spread the love   The seventh-grade girls volleyball team at St. Bede School is all smiles after there were crowned champions of the recent Valentine’s tournament at Marist High School. In a highly competitive, 14-team bracket, the Tigers fought their way to the top, beating St. John Fischer and Incarnation Central Middle School in the…

Geno Randazzo (left) and other community leaders last year, when All Exterior Contractors was named Midway Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Month for the third time. --Supplied photo

Fixing the storm’s damage

Spread the love

Spread the love. Local man serves as homeowners’ advocate . By Tim Hadac Early March is usually considered too early in the season for roofers to be seen in Clearing and Garfield Ridge. But the sudden, severe storm that hit the area on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 27 changed that, at least for this…

Evergreen Park senior Nolan Sexton drives past a Thornton defender during the Wildcats' 77-47 win over the Mustangs in the Class 3A Thornton Sectional on Feb. 27. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball Class 3A Sectionals | Evergreen Park’s historic ends with loss to Thornton

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Xavier Sanchez Correspondent The 2023-2024 Evergreen Park boys basketball team had one of the greatest seasons in program history. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, that season has come to an end with a 77-47 loss to Thornton in the semifinals of the Class 3A Thornton Sectional on Feb. 27. Evergreen Park was coming…

Mary Stanek

Looks like March may go out like a lion

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796. . March comes in like a lamb – it goes out like a lion! A sneak peek at the weather forecast for the next 10 days does show some mild days. So, we welcome…

Kathy Headley

Weather cooperated for Marine’s return

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . After the surprising snow coming down like a blizzard for a while last Friday night, I was especially glad to see the sun Saturday morning, for Patrick Downs (St. Rita High School class of…

Neighbors

U.S. Supreme Court rules states can’t bar Trump from ballot based on insurrection clause

U.S. Supreme Court rules states can’t bar Trump from ballot based on insurrection clause

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that individual states do not have authority to disqualify candidates for federal office based on the insurrection clause of the 14 th Amendment. The unanimous ruling by the nation’s high court overturned a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court. But…

Nearly 9 in 10 state-level primaries give voters no choice in candidates

Nearly 9 in 10 state-level primaries give voters no choice in candidates

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com On March 19, voting will conclude in primary contests for hundreds of seats in the Illinois legislature and in the state’s court system. But most of those contests are uncompetitive. Statewide, 88 percent of judicial and state legislative primaries feature either a single candidate or no one running…

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com The pictures that are said to depict the condition of the embalming room of the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia are shocking. Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported to show the conditions of the funeral home depict piles of dirty sheets, a dead…

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Update: Judge Tracie Porter issued an updated order on Thursday, further staying her decision until an appeal “is fully and finally resolved” by an appellate court or either the U.S. or state Supreme Court. Trump’s name will remain on the ballot throughout that process. SPRINGFIELD – A Cook…

Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois currently has no federally recognized tribal land within its borders, but that could change in the coming months. A bill pending in the General Assembly this year would give back roughly 1,500 acres of park land in DeKalb County to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.…

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com In December, 57-year-old Brian Beals spent Christmas with his sister Pattilyn for the first time 35 years. Beals was exonerated and freed from Robinson Correctional Center in southeastern Illinois on Dec. 13 after a Cook County circuit court judge vacated his conviction and dismissed charges against him. “In…

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered former President Donald Trump’s name to be removed from the March 19 Republican primary ballot but stayed her order until Friday to give time for an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. In a lengthy decision, Judge Tracie Porter…

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker will give his sixth state budget address this week, laying out his plan for a fiscal year that government forecasters in November predicted is on pace for a near-$900 million deficit unless corrective action is taken.  Those same fiscal forecasters in the Governor’s Office of…

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

BY JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Republicans in the Illinois Senate indicated Tuesday that their sticking point for budget negotiations this year will be the same as it was last year – state spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals from the country’s southern border.  In what’s been a rarity over the past…

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com The pictures that are said to depict the condition of the embalming room of the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia are shocking. Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported to show the conditions of the funeral home depict piles of dirty sheets, a dead…