Evanston's Democratic candidates declared victory at their celebration this evening an hour after the polls closed, even before any of the results had been announced..
But the party continued for campaign volunteers at Rock 'N Ravioli on Church Street as they watched national results on big screen monitors and feasted on pizza.
"I love you, I love you," U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said to the crowd that had helped return her for an 11th term in Washington.
"It may be a long night," she said of the wait for nationwide returns in the battle to give Democrats control of the House, "but you should go to bed feeling really strong and satisfied with the work you did."
Shortly before 9 p.m., with about two-thirds of the precincts counted, Schakowsky was leading her Republican challenger John Elleson by a nearly three-to-one margin.
State Rep. Robyn Gabel said the party "did a great jobof organizing" throughout the district in Evanston and New Trier Township, and in Glenview and Northbrook.
With 57 of 80 precincts reporting in the 18th District, Gabel, the incumbent, had 72 percent of the vote to 28 percent for Republican challenger Julie Cho.
Laura Fine, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Debra Shore, Cam Davis.
Laura Fine, the state senator-elect from the 9th District, thanked the crowd for a team effort "to put our state and country back on the right track."
At 9:20 p.m., with 107 of 164 precincts reporting, she had 72 percent of the votes cast to 28 percent for Republican Joan McCarthy Lasonde.
In the 17th District State House contest, Democrat Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz had 79 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Republican Peter Lee with 63 of 78 precincts reporting.
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin was cruising to reelection with a better than 3 to 1 margin over Republican Chris Hanusiak.
Debra Shore was the top vote getter among eight candidates seeking three seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board and Cam Davis had roughly 80 percent of the vote in the race to fill a two-year vacancy on the board.
Shore said that with her re-election and the victory of Davis the board owuld have "a genuine conservation caucus" that would make the board a resource recovery agency.
In statewide races Democrat J.B. Pritzker defeated first term Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrat Kwame Raoul defeated Republican Erika Harold in the race for attorney general.
The binding city referendum to raise the real estate transfer tax on properties valued at over $1.5 million was winning with 52 percent of the vote with 39 of 50 precincts reporting.
The advisory referendum on preserving the Harley Clarke mansion "at minimal or no cost" to the taxpayers carried, drawing 80 percent of the votes counted..
Update 5:55 a.m. 11/7/18:
With all precincts reporting, the final unofficial results look like this:
9th Congressional District -- Democrat Jan Schakowsky 203,456 votes or 73.07 percent to 74,996 for Republican John Elleson.
9th State Senate District -- Democrat Laura Fine 71,335 votes or 71.55 percent to 28,364 for Republican Joan McCarthy Lasonde.
17th State House District -- Democrat Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz 33,233 votes or 68.83 percent to 15,051 for Republican Peter Lee.
18th State House District -- Democrat Robyn Gabel 36,714 votes or 71.84 percent to 14,394 for Republican Julie Cho.
13th County Commission District -- Democrat Larry Suffredin 91,982 votes or 77.32 percent to 26,975 for Republican Chris Hanusiak.
Transfer tax referendum -- Yes 17,022 votes or 52.39 percent to 15,466 No.
Harley Clarke referendum -- Yes 26,606 votes or 80.14 percent to 6,593 No.