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Late Arriving Ballots Boost Trevor Over Podgorski In 9th District Cook County Race

Maggie Trevor

On election night Nov. 8, Democrat Maggie Trevor trailed Republican Matt Podgorski in the race to become the next commissioner of Cook County’s 9th District. But mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day continued to be counted until Tuesday, Nov. 22. Those vote totals now show Trevor as victorious in the tight contest.

Trevor said Podgorski called her on Thursday, Nov. 17 to concede.

“Matt was very gracious. It was a tough race on both sides. I hope to do a good job for all the residents of the 9th District,” Trevor told the Journal & Topics.

Trevor has seen close races before. In 2018, she challenged State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-54th) and lost by just 45 votes. The outcome was also close in the 2020 election, but Morrison prevailed over Trevor again.

The 9th District includes parts of both suburban Cook County and Chicago. Vote totals are recorded separately by both the Cook County Clerk’s Office and the Chicago Board of Elections.

The district covers several area communities, including small portions of Palatine and Rolling Meadows, larger portions of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect in Elk Grove and Wheeling townships, small portions of Des Plaines in Maine and Wheeling townships, Niles and Park Ridge in Maine Township, all of Rosemont and communities to the south toward River Forest.

On election night and since, Trevor led Podgorski in suburban Cook but trailed him in Chicago. Election results posted on Wednesday, Nov. 23, showed Trevor with 46,008 votes in suburban Cook and 7,513 votes in Chicago for a total of 53,521 to Podgorski’s 42,685 in suburban Cook and 10,155 in Chicago for a total of 52,840.

The results posted on Wednesday were still unofficial, as neither Cook County nor Chicago’s election authorities had certified the election yet. Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough said with the period to accept late-arriving mail-in ballots over, she does not expect those vote totals to change, adding if they do, it would be by a minimal amount.

“I am thrilled to serve as the first openly lesbian member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and look forward to working with my fellow LGBTQ+ colleagues. Together, we will work to develop policies and legislation that address the needs of our community and build upon the hard work of Commissioner Morrison’s first term,” Trevor said in a statement written last week.

Commissioner Morrison is Kevin Morrison, who represents the county board’s 15th District also serving the Northwest suburbs.

“Cook County is taking a giant leap toward equity with the election of a historically diverse board,” Morrison (D-15th), the first openly gay commissioner in the history of the county board, said last week. “It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve as Cook County’s first openly LGBTQ+ commissioner, and to see our representation increase threefold after just one term is amazing and significant. I have worked hard these past four years to pass policies that benefit historically marginalized communities and to make the county a better place for all of our residents. With two more seats at the table, I cannot wait to see what we achieve this next term.”

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