Updated At: 10:40 p.m. New numbers from West Side wards, where runoffs seem likely in the 24th, 25th, 36th and 38th wards.
Alderman Ward 12
24 of 24 precincts - 100 percent
George Cardenas, (i) 2,680 - 55 percent
Jose Guereca, 911 - 19 percent
Jesse Iñiguez, 796 - 16 percent
Alberto Bocanegra, 321 - 7 percent
Maria Ortiz, 137 - 3 percent
Alderman Ward 21
70 of 74 precincts - 95 percent
Howard Brookins, (i) 8,004 - 56 percent
Sheldon Sherman, 2,797 - 19 percent
Patricia Foster, 1,706 - 12 percent
Sylvia Jones, 1,537 - 11 percent
Jerome Maddox, 309 - 2 percent
Alderman Ward 22
29 of 29 precincts - 100 percent
Ricardo Munoz, (i) 2,793 - 65 percent
Neftalie Gonzalez, 1,536 - 35 percent
Alderman Ward 23
54 of 54 precincts - 100 percent
Michael Zalewski, (i) 8,581 - 53 percent
Anna Goral, 5,511 - 34 percent
Chuck Maida, 2,231 - 14 percent
Alderman Ward 24
56 of 56 precincts - 100 percent
Sharon Dixon, (i) 1,783 - 20 percent
Michael Chandler, 1,197 - 13 percent
Vetress Boyce, 841 - 9 percent
Valerie Leonard, 697 - 8 percent
Shavonda Fields, 606 - 7 percent
Chauncey Stroud, 605 - 7 percent
Julius Anderson, 482 - 5 percent
Wallace Johnson, 477 - 5 percent
Wilbert Cook, 459 - 5 percent
Sondra Spellman, 435 - 5 percent
Melissa Williams, 369 - 4 percent
Frank Bass, 346 - 4 percent
Regina Lewis, 309 - 3 percent
Jeffery Turner, 203 - 2 percent
Donielle Lawson, 137 - 1 percent
Larry Nelson, 113 - 1 percent
Mark Carter, 44 - 0 percent
Jimmy Lee Lard, 37 - 0 percent
Alderman Ward 25
31 of 31 precincts - 100 percent
Danny Solis, (i) 4,291 - 49 percent
Cuahutemoc Morfin, 2,451 - 28 percent
Ambrosio Medrano, 2,025 - 23 percent
Alderman Ward 26
61 of 63 precincts - 97 percent
Roberto Maldonado, (i) 5,885 - 82 percent
Devon Reid, 1,263 - 18 percent
Alderman Ward 27
59 of 59 precincts - 100 percent
Walter Burnett, (i) 6,606 - 71 percent
Tom Courtney, 2,056 - 22 percent
Gevonna Fassett, 655 - 7 percent
Alderman Ward 28
60 of 61 precincts - 98 percent
Jason Ervin, (i) 5,557 - 85 percent
William Siegmund, 1,007 - 15 percent
Alderman Ward 29
44 of 49 precincts - 90 percent
Deborah Graham, (i) 4,884 - 52 percent
Thomas Simmons, 1,147 - 12 percent
C B Johnson, 1,075 - 11 percent
Mary Russell Gardner, 899 - 10 percent
Jill Bush, 636 - 7 percent
Beverly Rogers, 299 - 3 percent
Roman Morrow, 279 - 3 percent
Oddis Johnson, 168 - 2 percent
Alderman Ward 30
40 of 41 precincts - 98 percent
Ariel Reboyras, (i) 4,506 - 75 percent
Stella Nicpon, 595 - 10 percent
Chester Hornowski, 526 - 9 percent
Doug Cannon, 368 - 6 percent
Alderman Ward 32
52 of 52 precincts - 100 percent
Scott Waguespack, (i) 8,704 - 66 percent
David Pavlik, 2,290 - 17 percent
Bryan Lynch, 1,465 - 11 percent
Brian Gorman, 770 - 6 percent
Alderman Ward 34
61 of 61 precincts - 100 percent
Carrie Austin, (i) 9,170 - 65 percent
Henry Moses, 2,123 - 15 percent
Shirley White, 1,533 - 11 percent
Burl McQueen, 659 - 5 percent
Michael Mayden, 618 - 4 percent
Alderman Ward 35
36 of 36 precincts - 100 percent
Rey Colon, (i) 4,451 - 51 percent
Miguel Sotomayor, 2,174 - 25 percent
Nancy Schiavone, 2,117 - 24 percent
Alderman Ward 36
55 of 55 precincts - 100 percent
John Rice, (i) 6,709 - 48 percent
Nicholas Sposato, 3,346 - 24 percent
Jodi Biancalana, 1,964 - 14 percent
Brian Murphy, 656 - 5 percent
Thomas Motzny, 650 - 5 percent
Bruce Randazzo, 628 - 5 percent
Alderman Ward 37
40 of 43 precincts - 93 percent
Emma Mitts, (i) 4,779 - 58 percent
Maretta Brown-Miller, 1,982 - 24 percent
Shanika Finley, 390 - 5 percent
Minerva Orozco, 389 - 5 percent
Steven Pleasant, 332 - 4 percent
Tommy Abina, 328 - 4 percent
Alderman Ward 38
53 of 53 precincts - 100 percent
Timothy Cullerton, (i) 5,795 - 48 percent
Tom Caravette, 2,699 - 22 percent
Bart Goldberg, 945 - 8 percent
Carmen Hernandez, 723 - 6 percent
Mahmoud Bambouyani, 704 - 6 percent
Sheryl Morabito, 672 - 6 percent
John Videckis, 402 - 3 percent
Ed Quartullo, 237 - 2 percent
Alderman Ward 39
47 of 47 precincts - 100 percent
Margaret Laurino, (i) 7,735 - 76 percent
Mary Hunter, 2,392 - 24 percent
Updated At 9:38 p.m. Incumbent 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis will likely face a runoff to defend his seat. He won 49% of the vote with all precincts reporting.
Updated At: 8:55 p.m. Incumbent 24th Ward Ald. Sharon Dixon is leading a tight race that is headed towards a runoff. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Dixon has a slight edge over her closest competitor Michael Chandler.
Here's a look at some of the races WBEZ is focusing on:
Ald. George Cárdenas’ campaign staffers predicted a victory without a runoff, but the two-term incumbent looked nervous. During this month’s blizzard cleanup, Cárdenas spent thousands of campaign dollars to bring in snow plows. He festooned them with reelection placards.
This Southwest Side ward, mostly Latino, covers parts of Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards and Little Village. It’s struggling with overcrowded housing, foreclosure filings, struggling schools and rising crime.
Cárdenas won his first aldermanic election in 2003 with help from the Hispanic Democratic Organization, a roving campaign army that eventually dissolved amid a federal probe into patronage hiring by Mayor Daley’s administration. Cárdenas won his 2007 reelection handily.
But this year’s race was tougher. The strongest of four challengers appeared to be Streets and Sanitation worker José Guereca, a former Army soldier who received tens of thousands of campaign dollars from State Sen. Tony Muñoz, the ward’s Democratic boss. Muñoz, a former Cárdenas ally, was a fellow HDO beneficiary. Guereca also got support from Teamsters Local 700 and the Chicago Firefighters Union.
Another tough challenger was coffee-shop owner Jesús “Jesse” Iñiguez, head of the United Southwest Chamber of Commerce who ran poorly against Cárdenas four years ago. This time he got help from Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd Ward) and County Board Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García (7th District), making the race a skirmish in a decades-old war between Southwest Side progressives and regular Democrats. Other important support came from the Service Employees International Union. Iñiguez campaign staffers predicted they would advance to the runoff as Cárdenas and Guereca competed for the same machine voters.
But Iñiguez himself lost some votes to the Green Party’s Alberto Bocanegra Jr., who raised a lot of money for the race. Bocanegra had backing from water district commissioner Frank Avila and immigrant rights organizer Jorge Mújica.
Also on the ballot was María “Chula” Ortiz, a suburban bus employee with little money or visibility.
Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon struggled to build a strong political organization after narrowly winning her seat in a 2007 runoff. When Chicago police officers arrested her on drunken-driving charges in 2009, some residents of her ward smelled blood. Seventeen got on the ballot to challenge her, making the contest the most crowded of any Chicago ward race in two decades.
A judge determined the officers had no probable cause to arrest Dixon and, last month, she filed suit against three of the cops, saying they wrongly accused her. These developments didn’t seem to give her big boosts. The mostly African American ward, which includes North Lawndale and parts of other West Side neighborhoods, is struggling with poverty, abandoned lots, unemployment and low high-school graduation rates.
Three challengers seemed to have the most support or credibility. One, Ald. Michael Chandler, lost his seat to Dixon despite support from Mayor Daley. In the rematch, Dixon said Chandler ran straw candidates to help force her into a runoff. Chandler denied that accusation. Another strong challenger appeared to be Melissa Williams, a real-estate attorney who has worked for neighborhood housing groups and ex-offenders. She had backing from State Sen. Rickey Hendon. The third was Valerie Leonard, who uses her finance background to help social-service agencies gather government funding. She founded Lawndale Alliance, a community group focused on affordable housing, community development and quality schools.
Several other candidates also seemed to have a decent shot: Wallace “Mickey” Johnson, a former NBA player and former Cook County sheriff’s deputy who has a West Side business; Wilbert Cook III, who heads a nonprofit that works to reintegrate ex-offenders into the job market; Chauncey Stroud, who once served as chief of staff for former Ald. Jesse Miller (24th); Donielle Lawson, a Cook County Jail teacher and union delegate; and Frank Bass, who lobbied in Springfield for John Stroger, the late Cook County Board president.
The weakest candidates seemed to be Martavius “Mark” Carter, Sondra “Sam” Spellman, Vetress Boyce, Julius Anderson, Shavonda Fields, Jimmy Lee Lard, Regina Lewis, Jeffery Turner and Larry Nelson.
Ald. Daniel “Danny” Solís has been Mayor’s Daley’s closest Latino ally on the City Council for years. In 2007, nevertheless, Solís barely avoided a runoff. This year the incumbent seemed to have an even tougher race.
Daley appointed Solís to the seat in 1996 to replace Ald. Ambrosio Medrano, who pleaded guilty in the Operation Silver Shovel scandal and served more than two years in federal prison. Solís was a player in the Hispanic Democratic Organization, Daley’s most powerful campaign army until federal authorities started looking into City Hall patronage hiring. Solís also co-founded the United Neighborhood Organization, a group that now runs charter schools.
Solís now chairs the council’s powerful Zoning Committee. In that post, he helped broker a deal last year that could lead to several new Walmart stores in Chicago.
Solís helped open gates to development and gentrification, which angered some residents of Pilsen, one of Chicago’s oldest Mexican neighborhoods. The ward also includes Tri-Taylor, Chinatown, and an area near the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Solís also took shots for withholding support for proposed city regulation of emissions from two coal-fired power plants, one of which stands in the ward.
One of his challengers was Ambrosio “Ambi” Medrano Jr., a city Department of Transportation worker and son of the former alderman who went to prison. Medrano had backing from organized labor. The other challenger was construction contractor Cuahutémoc “Temoc” Morfín, an immigrant rights activist who came within a dozen votes of forcing Solís into a runoff in 2007.
The 26th ward has one of the youngest candidates on the ballot. 18-year-old Devon Reid is a studying at Wright College to be a high school history teacher. He says his love of history leads naturally to a love of politics. He's going up against an experienced politician, Roberto Maldonado. Maldonado spent 15 years on the Cook County Board of Commissioners before being appointed 26th ward alderman by Mayor Richard Daley in 2009. This is Maldonado's first election for alderman but he's got $200,000 to spend on the race. Reid has raised about $3,000 in cash and in kind contributions. He says most of that has come from his foster family.
Scott Waguespack was elected to the city council in 2007 and was considered part of a group of new independents who would question and challenge the policies of Mayor Richard Daley. There weren't that many challenges, but Waguespack is one of the aldermen who voted against the now largely reviled parking meter deal. Waguespack says that deal crystalized for voters all the ways city hall isn't working. He says aldermen have focused solely on their wards to the detriment of the citywide issues.
Waguespack is facing a challenge from David Pavlik who currently works in the governor's office of management and the budget. Pavlik is getting support from 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell. That's a little awkward because Mell sits next to Waguespack in the city council. Mell says he likes Waguespack, whom he refers to as a "young man," but Pavlik's mother used to work for Mell so Mell gave her the okay to siphon off any of his political workers who wanted to help her out. Mell's seat is safe because he has no challenger. Mell says he's also dispatched workers to the 41st and 43rd wards, and he's supporting Rey Colon in the 35th. In addition to Pavlik, Waguespack is also trying to fend off challenges from Brian Gorman and Bryan Lynch.
Chip Mitchell and Robert Wildeboer contributed to this report.