Evanston aldermanic races Tuesday included one upset of an incumbent alderman.

In the rematch between Cheryl Wollin and Judy Fiske, Fiske defeated the incumbent by 649 votes to 388 votes with results from all six precincts counted.

In the 4th Ward Donald Wilson was clearly the victor with 421 votes to 225 for Elliott Dudnik and 198 for Howard Hartenstein with 6 of 7 precincts counted.

In the 5th Ward incumbend Delores Holmes easily defeated challenger Adrian Dortch 473 to 154 with results in from all seven precincts.

In the 6th Ward Mark Tendam had a commanding lead over the two other competitors for the open seat. Tendam had 803 votes to 634 for Mark Sloane and 458 for Christopher Hart with 9 of 10 precincts counted.

In the 7th Ward Jane Grover won a clear majority over two challengers. With 7 of 9 precincts counted Grovber had 687 votes to 302 for John Zbesko and 97 for Kevin O’Connor.

And in the 9th Ward Coleen Burrus handily defeated two opponents. With all 7 precincts counted Burrus had 59 percent — 713 votes to 334 for Mimi Peterson and 154 for Michael Drennan.

But the largest margin of the night went to Bonnie Wilson who defeated incumbent township assessor Sharon Eckersall. Wilson took nearly 72 percent of the vote. With 64 of 70 precincts counted it was Wilson 5512 votes to 2160 for Eckersall.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Wollin loses
    So now Fiske- who shamelessly pandered to Sherman Plaza residents who don’t want to lose their views – will be alderman. I hope that the developers of the Tower realize that the clock is ticking, and that the new Council won’t grant them an extension. Time to start building the Tower! ( Wollin had the firefighters’ and Machine support, so I won’t shed any tears for her.)

    While I am disappointed in my fellow 1st ward residents who mostly stayed home and didn’t vote and allowed the lunatic fringe to elect a NIMBY alderman, I must congratulate the new 9th ward Alderman Coleen Burrus for defeating the notorious NU-hater Mimi. Yes, Burrus is no friend of the tower – but she is no enemy of NU.

    To those who got elected by pandering to the CSNA, the Machine, and the firefighters: You must now balance the budget and keep your unrealistic promises.

    To those who pandered to the CSNA/Machine and still lost: you got what you deserve. You know who you are.

    Congratulations to Stuart Opdycke for running the only intellectually honest mayoral campaign. Mr. Who Knows has always admired politicians like Adlai Stevenson,George McGovern who lost with decency- not Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton who slimed their way to victory.

    Also, congratulations to Kevin O’Connor for his last-minute denounciation of the CSNA ( see it on the CSNA website ). Kevin, it’s too bad you didn’t come out fighting like this from the start. I hope that you now realize that the CSNA is the enemy of all freedom loving Americans, and will come out against them in four years. (Or in 1 year, should a certain Mr. Smith run for state rep.)

  2. Did anybody else just waltz in and vote?
    I was there with half a dozen people this afternoon, and nobody bothered to ask for our voter registration cards or IDs. We could have been anybody.

    1. The Samba, Cha-Cha & Electric Slide Also Spotted

      Was this your first time voting in Evanston, or Cook County?

      Election judges here are forbidden by law to ask for identification, unless specifically directed to by your ballot application. And unless your waltz went from the door directly to the voting station (where the ballot materialized, I wouldn’t know), you signed your ballot application, and that signature was examined by the election judge.

      Your signature is your identification.

      Again, unless you knew exactly how to sign Anybody’s signature so that it is indistinguishable from Anybody’s own hand, you couldn’t be Anybody.

      If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to contact David Orr’s office (Cook County Clerk), and sign up to be an election judge in a future election. They will train you on the proper procedures for issuing election ballots, and you can decide for yourself what election day dances are, and are not, acceptable at the polling place.

    2. Voting and Waltzing
      I don’t know how many times you’ve voted in Evanston, but getting in and out without being hassled for voter ID or registration cards is normal and appropriate. You have a right to vote and the procedure is to check your signature with the file signature when you sign the voter form. If the signature does not match up, you will then be asked to produce your information.

  3. Elisabeth Tisdahl Won! Yeay!
    I worked for the finest candidate to win: Elisabeth Tisdahl and she did. It is wonderful to have a Mayor who will lead Evanston out of its financial morass and, with a business-oriented mind, be able to stand up to developers who want a great deal from the city but give little in return.

    In this election I have been impressed with the enthusiasm of Liz Tisdahl’s supporters. I don’t remember that enthusiasm in this town for a very long time. Straight talk from a qualified candidate, now Mayor, goes a long way to reassure residents that this town is being run by someone with the skills to get the job done.

    Now that is something good we can all be proud of.

    1. Yay! Tisdahl ! Yay! Only in Evanston
      This is a great day for Evanston.

      Evanston is unique, and only in a great place like Evanston could something so special happen.

      It is an inspiration to know that if you are born rich enough, and donate enough money to the Machine, and parrot the CSNA party-line , then anyone can be appointed to Council and then elected Mayor.

      You just have to believe.

      I think I am going to cry. I am so emotional.

    2. Re: Tisdahl Yeay!
      And yet, somehow you can’t spell her name. (Still.)

      Good luck with that.

  4. First Ward Nimbies
    As a fellow lunatic or first wardoonatic, Some of us, obviously not you, prefer quaintness in our college towns and look to Bloomington, Chapel Hill, Annapolis, Charlottesville etc as models for how we want Evanston to be. Some of us moved here decades ago because we were attracted to the small town quality of life. Just sayin’.

    But Who is obviously a devoted follower of Ayn Rand and would be happy if Evanston looked exactly like Chicago.

    And he has lots of company with Jan S, Larry S, Jeffrey S and Julie Hamos. Also the Roundtable, the Review and Now agree with you, woo. They all want the tower.

    1. “Small Town”?
      I honestly don’t know how I feel about the tower yet, as I haven’t lived in Evanston long enough to form an opinion. But as someone who came to Evanston from a legitimately small town (ie. the kind that’s too small to bother with traffic lights), I have to say that anyone who thinks Evanston offers a “small town quality of life” is out of his or her mind!

      What attracted me to Evanston was the diverse, vibrant community, with a phenomenal university and a love of art and culture. I came here for proximity to one of the best cities in the world, the wonderful lake next door, and the pleasant atmosphere that Evanston offers as a smallish city.

      I loved my old town, but the “small town quality of life” is being ostracized by half the town because you don’t have at least three generations behind you and a road named after you. Small town life is being the only non-white face in your church. Small town life driving 45 miles each way to work, because the local jobs left fifteen years ago.

      There are advantages to the “small town quality of life,” don’t get me wrong. But believe me, Evanston isn’t a small town, and I sincerely hope that it never starts to act like one.

      Personally, I’m glad that Evanston is a vibrant city with leaders interested in growth. As I said, I don’t know how I feel about the tower yet, but I do know that I don’t want to reject any and all development in order to preserve some sort of fiction about small town life.

    2. Bloomington, Chapel Hill, Annapolis, Sherman Plaza
      “Some of us moved here decades ago because we were attracted to the small town quality of life. Just sayin’.”

      There are some resistant old-timers still left in the First Ward, dreaming of the good old days when Chuckie Dawes was alive. But Fiske was using this ‘small town charm’ argument on condo residents.

      I think that it is silly for condo residents, especially those who live in Sherman Plaza like our pal ‘Hank’ , to complain about condo development and loss of ‘small town charm’. Just sayin’

      And the NIMBY in front of Peet’s, worried about her view and her resale value – sorry, lady, but I don’t care about your view.

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