School referendum failing with a third of precincts counted


With 23 of 61 precincts reporting, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 new school referendum is losing by a 54.5 to 45.5 percent margin.

With 18 of 53 precincts reporting the electricity referendum is winning easily by a 74 to 26 percent margin.

And the referendum on dissolving Evanston township is winning by a 67 to 33 percent margin.

Because the school district includes a portion of Skokie there are more precincts to tally for that referendum than for the other issues.

In races for the 9th judicial subcircuit, former Evanston alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste has widened his lead to  61 to 39 percent lead over Michael Ian Bender with 128 of 163 precincts reported.

And Larry G. Axelrood is leading three other candidates for another vacancy on the court with 38 percent of the vote to 34 percent for his closest challenger, Abbey Fishman Romanek.

In the Democratic primary race for the 9th District U.S. House seat incumbent Jan Schakowsky has 93 percent of the vote to 7 percent for challenger Simon Ribiero with 252 of 336 precincts counted.

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