Gabel defeats Tucker in state house race


State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) has won election to a fourth full term in Springfield, defeating her Republican challenger, Jessica Tucker, by roughly a two-to-one margin.

With 64 of 80 precincts reporting at 8:48 p.m., Gabel has 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Tucker.

In an interview with Evanston Now this evening,Gabel said the key goal for her new term is to work to adopt a new state budget that will preserve essential funding for social services and education.

She said she also hopes to address climate change, environmental and juvenile justice issues.

Gabel's 18th District includes most of Evanston.

State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) whose 17th District includes northwest Evanston, is running unopposed for re-election.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, whose Chicago-based 14th District includes two precincets in south Evanston is easily defeating a challenge from independent Arthur Noah Siegel. Cassidy got nearly 86 percent of the vote in the two Evanston precincts And at 9:30 p.m. with 64 of 78 Chicago precincts counted, Cassidy had 83 percent of the vote there.

Update 4:45 a.m. 11/9/16: With results in from all 80 precincts, Gabel finished with just under 64 percent of the vote in the 18th District. Nearly complete returns in the 14th District showed Cassidy with 83 percent of the vote.

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