Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker wasted little time after his Tuesday defeat of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and announced members of his transition team, a group that includes former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar.
In addition to naming his running mate, Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton as chair of the transition team, Pritzker included in his transition efforts Illinois AFL-CIO President and former Decatur Mayor Mike Carrigan, GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, who has been a donor and adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former state Comptroller Dan Hynes and Marty Nesbitt, a close friend, donor and adviser to former President Barack Obama.
Pritzker's campaign manager, Anne Caprara, will serve as chief of staff for the transition efforts and Jesse Ruiz, the president of the Chicago Park Board, will serve as its legal counsel.
Others on the transition team include state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, the executive director of the state Democratic Party, as senior adviser, and Sol Flores, founding executive director of the social service organization La Casa Norte, as one of several co-chairs.
Pritzker's decision to name Carrigan as a co-chair, with no business executives or organizations represented at an equivalent level on the transition team, carries political symbolism. Pritzker was heavily backed by organized labor to combat Rauner and the Republican's pro-business, union-weakening agenda. Carrigan served on the Decatur City Council for 14 years and was appointed mayor from 2008-09.
The transition team also announced that people interested in positions with the new administration could apply online at jbandjulianatransition.com.
— Chicago Tribune
Brown will seek recount
Macon County sheriff's Lt. Tony Brown on Wednesday said he's moving forward with asking for a recount of Tuesday's election. Brown, a Democrat, finished 99 votes behind sheriff's Lt. Jim Root, the GOP candidate.
Brown said he hopes that a recount, along with provisional and outstanding absentee ballots the county clerk's office is still tallying, ultimately leads to him being declared the winner of the election.
"We decided we were going to do this the right away," Brown said. "I'm still optimistic."
Final but unofficial results from the county clerk's office on Tuesday showed that Brown had 19,464 votes to Root's 19,563.
Root on Wednesday said that he was not aware of Brown's intention to call for a recount, but doesn't take any issue with him doing so, as it is his right. He said he's eager to move forward so that the transition of leadership once Sheriff Howard Buffett leaves his post in December is as smooth as possible.
"I've got to continue moving past this as according to the (voting) totals," Root said. "I've won the election, and I've got to continue moving forward until that changes."
County Clerk Steve Bean said that in Illinois, candidates who come within 5 percent of another may request a discovery recount within five days after the last day for the Illinois State Board of Elections to canvass the results of an election. That falls on Nov. 27 this year, according to the board of elections.
A discovery recount does not change the results of an election, but entitles a candidate who loses narrowly to review ballots and other documentation from a quarter of the precincts in the jurisdiction. The candidate may use the information in a legal challenge to the election results.
"If the discovery recount doesn't have any effect, the winner will take officer on Dec. 1," Bean said.
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Bean said that his office received about 131 provisional ballots Tuesday, which don't count until questions about the voter's eligibility are resolved. He said the office has until Nov. 20 to both validate and count provisional and absentee ballots and turn the information in to the board of elections.
"Those will be added to the totals," Bean said. "That might shrink the margin or it might increase it. We don't know how it's going to affect (the results)."
— Jaylyn Cook and Tom Lisi
Last call for Macon County clerk
Tuesday's election was the largest midterm turnout Steve Bean has seen since the 1998 election when Glenn Poshard ran for governor.
"We had 39,453" this year, said Bean, outgoing Macon County Clerk, who will retire and hand over the reins to Josh Tanner, the winner of the race to fill the job. "We had 39,541 in 1998."
Bean has held the job of county clerk for 28 years, and was elected seven times, just as his two predecessors Lawrence Tangney and Bill Tangney were.
"I want to thank the people of Macon County for giving me this great opportunity to serve," Bean said. "It's been a real pleasure, and for the last 10 years, I've worked with Josh Tanner in the various positions he's had with the county, and he's been a great help to us. I think he'll make a great county clerk."
Bean said he's looking forward to walks with his dog, going to spring training in Florida and Arizona, and binge-watching some TV shows he hasn't had a chance to see before. He joked that his doctor told him being county clerk provided a "stress test" once a year.
He isn't quite finished working yet. The results of Tuesday's election won't be official until provisional ballots are counted, and he plans to help Tanner and the staff make the transition and prepare for school board elections in the spring. Candidates file for those ballot positions in December.
— Valerie Wells
Shelby County picks Republicans for judge, treasurer
Republican Amanda Ade-Harlow took 66 percent of the vote for resident circuit judge of the Fourth District on Tuesday in Shelby County, defeating Democrat Gina Vonderheide by almost 3,000 votes, according to unofficial results.
Ade-Harlow, a Pana native, has lived in Shelby County with her family for eight years. She had been the associate judge since 2016.
Her first eight years legal practice were spent doing general practice. She moved on to be the assistant State's Attorney in Shelby County, and then moved to Fayette County prosecuting all over the board from Class X felonies down to juvenile cases. Ade-Harlow was a public defender in Shelby County, then appointed as the associate judge in 2016.
Republican Erica Firnhaber swept the race for Shelby County treasurer, almost doubling the amount of votes for her opponent, Democrat Beth Musser.
— Shelbyville Daily Union