In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes.
That increased his 169 vote lead among in-person voters.
The other incumbent, Paula Yensen of District 5, also came in third, losing by 547 with in-person voters and 773 when early and absentee votes were inclluded to second place finisher Michael Rein. Republican incumbent John Jung was the leading vote getter with 7,217.
Two Democratic Party challengers also lost.
In District 4 teacher union-backed Arne Waltmire went down in flames, placing third, despite have ten times as much money to spend as incumbent Republican John Hammerand. Waltmire had about $20,000 in contributions for various teacher unions, while Hammerand spent about $2,000. Newcomer Chuck Wheeler also beat Waltmire.
In District 3, former Democratic Party Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt failed in her comeback attempt. She was knocked off the Board two years ago.
Bergan Schmidt was beaten by Republican incumbent Joe Gottemoller and former Nunda Township Road Commissioner Don Kopsell. Kopsell had 859 more votes than Bergan Schmidt when early and absentee votes were added to last nights in-person ballots.
District 2 and 6 had no Democrat on the ballot.
In the Crystal Lake-Lake in the Hills-based District 2, Donna Kurtz out polled running mate Jim Heisler by 2,389 votes. Part of the reason for the differential was because of Kurtz’ active role in preparing literature for the Republican Party.