Incumbend 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam had only one big weak spot in his 2-1 sweep over challenger Mark Sloane, and that came in the far northwest corner of the ward.
Precinct level vote results released by the Cook County Clerk’s office today show that Sloane and Tendam tied with 96 votes each in the 3rd Precinct, which includes the Highland neighborhood.
That neighobrhood has been plagued with storm-related power failures over the past few years and was the scene of bitter opposition to plans for a Chase Bank branch on the corner of Crawford Avenue and Gross Point Road.
Alderman Tendam supported a compromise on the bank project ultimately approved by the full City Council that reduced the footprint of the branch but left some nearby property owners still unhappy.
But elsewhere in the ward it was a clear sweep for Tendam. He rolled up roughly two-to-one margins over Sloane — and did nearly as well in the 5th Precinct where Sloane lives as in his home precinct, the 6th.
Next to the tie in the 3rd Precinct, Tendam’s weakest performances were in the adjoining 2nd and 4th precincts, where he got 56 and 59 percent of the vote respectively.
His strongest showing was in the 8th Precinct, where he got 79 percent of the vote. That happens to be home to the Three Crowns Park retirement community, where Tendam frequently holds ward meetings. It also was where turnout was the highest in the ward, at more than 31 percent.