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Suffredin, Bernstein win

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston cruised to victory Tuesday winning 78 percent of the vote over his challenger, John Michael Keefe.

Former Evanston 4th Ward alderman Steve Bernstein prevailed in a six-way contest for a circuit court judgeship with just under 30 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for second-place finisher Mary S. Trew.

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Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston cruised to victory Tuesday winning 78 percent of the vote over his challenger, John Michael Keefe.

Former Evanston 4th Ward alderman Steve Bernstein prevailed in a six-way contest for a circuit court judgeship with just under 30 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for second-place finisher Mary S. Trew.

Suffredin, interviewed by Bob Seidenberg of the Evanston Review at Robyn Gabel’s election night party, was asked how Bernstein managed to pull off the victory despite having lower ratings in some judicial rating surveys by legal groups than some of the other candidates.

Suffredin prevailed in his own race despite having voted for the widely unpopular 1 percent sales tax increase advocated by County Board President Todd Stroger two years ago. He said the increase was needed to deal with the county’s budget deficit.

Suffredin later voted with the board majority to roll back half of the tax increase.

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