In a Republican-dominated election, 57th District House Democratic incumbent Elaine Nekritz captured 60 percent of the vote.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, 57th District state representative candidate Richard Hamen joined supporters at Prospect Heights sports bar Rocky Vander's. Supporters had gathered to back Hamen and watch election returns. Early optimism waned by 7:30 p.m. when initial precincts reported Hamen trailed Nekritz with 40 percent of the vote counted. Subsequent precinct results did little to narrow the margin and by the end of the night, with all the votes counted, Nekritz secured a fifth term win with 61.11 percent of the vote to Hamen's 38.89 percent. A major issue for voters was Illinois' current budget crisis. Hamen, who stressed that a balanced budget is constitutionally mandated, advocated cutting waste to raise revenue. Tax hikes …
Patch has the latest results from local races, updated live all night long, along with stories about Tuesday's winners.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Check our "Election '10" tab or click on this link to get the latest stories on the winners of Tuesday's elections. Patch reporters and photographers covered results and election-evening festivities around the Chicago suburbs, from traditional campaign headquarters to Max and Benny's in Northbrook, where Dan Seals greeted voters early in the day. Voting wrapped up in Northbrook at 8 p.m. at Covenant Village, which remained open an extra hour because it opened late on Tuesday morning. By 3 a.m., all but 27 of 1,937 precincts in Cook County had reported results. The results in the local races (figures for Cook County only): U.S. Congress - 10th District With 288 of 290 precincts reporting, Democrat Dan Seals (45.65%) conceded to Republican…