Tuesday’s IL primary election produced record low turn-out and demonstrated how establishment Republicans and Democrats play the game of catch for the political power in the state. Voters simply don’t care, and they don’t think it will make a difference whether they vote or not.

Here is the link to Warner Todd Huston’s excellent summary of yesterday’s election results in Illinois. It is something of a miracle – and a good one indeed – that Dan Patlak pulled out a decisive win for the 1st District commissioner spot in the Board of (Tax) Review race. There was a lot of confusion at the polling place where conservativeBrand was an election judge: it was not part of the flood of campaign literature, newspaper endorsements and news reports leading up to the election that the boundaries of Dan Patlak’s district do not include all of Wilmette. Many loyal Wilmette voters tried to vote for Dan and found that his name was not on the ballot. In the 2nd and 3rd districts of the Board of Review, no Republicans were running. Now it is on to the general election, where we all need to work hard to make sure Dan Patlak remains the single conservative voice on that board.

More controversy in the polling place arose in response to the Wilmette referendum concerning electricity aggregation. With almost no publicity, and virtually unintelligible wording of the referendum on the ballot, many Wilmette residents sought assistance on how to vote from election judges. (The referendum did pass.) As was the case in every Wilmette precinct, there was only one Republican judge in the Highcrest School precinct (that would be ConservativeBrand), serving with four Democrat judges. (Frequently, high school students who are too young to vote, even if Democrat-leaning, are “listed” as a second Republican judge.) It so happens that it is 100% illegal for election judges to advise voters how to vote, and in the Highcrest precinct the four to one judging strength caused a lot of commotion. Republicans in New Trier Twp. might think about showing some civic responsibility this November – not everyone has to play golf or relax on election day.

A final note: in the 9th district state senate race (which is Jeff Schoenberg’s old district) Republican candidate Marc Levine resigned from the campaign several months ago. It should be possible for the state GOP to appoint a candidate now, although there is no news so far. Otherwise, the uber-liberal Daniel Biss will sail into the state senate position unopposed – just as Jeff Schoenberg did for years.

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