McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio has released the final tally of votes and there are no changes from November 10th figures regarding winners.
The biggest upset was Republican Mike Buehler’s victory over incumbent Democrat Jack Franks, undefeated in ten previous elections since 1998.
Buehler bested Franks by 7,025 votes, 84,532 to 75,420.
Buehler gained 52.85% of the votes, while Franks had 47.15%.
The only close votes were found in races for the McHenry County Board.
The final vote count saw Democrats pick up three seats on the County Board in the Districts 1, 2 and 3:
- District 1 – Theresa Meshes, who beat incumbent Yvonne Barnes by 178 votes
- District 2 – Jessica Phillips, who ran first, 550 ahead of Jeff Thorsen and 1,714 ahead of John Reinert, who did not win re-election.
- District 3 – Tanya Gindrich, who ran second, 125 votes ahead of Mike “Shorty” Shorten
- Results for the other three districts follow:
District 4 – Democrats put up no candidates against Kay Bates and Steve Doherty. Doherty ran 904 votes ahead of Bates.
- District 5 – Democrats ran two candidates, incumbent Paula Yensen, who ran second, 1,183 votes behind incumbent Republican Mike Skala, Newcomer Republican Damon Hill was 2,088 behind Yensen, followed by Democrat Lynn Gray, who had 214 votes fewer then Hill.
- District 6 – District 6, like District 5, pitted two Republicans against two Democrats. Voters gave most votes to Republican incumbent Jim Kearns, apparently undeterred by negative robo-calls from previously unheard of organizations. He received 1,527 votes more than GOP running mate and Hebron Township Assessor Tracie Von Bergen. Running 2,936 votes and 5,266, respectively, behind Von Bergan were Democrats Nancy Glilssman and Larry Spaeth.
The election three more Democrats to the County Board puts the margin at 16-8 in favor of the Republicans.