On Election Day, Morton Grove voters made decisions by party line, or at least that's what the April 5 balloting indicates as Cook County has started reporting results from all 17 precincts in town. To see the percentages and number of votes, .
For the open seats on the board of trustees, all three went to .
Likewise, the six-year terms on the Morton Grove Public Library Board went to . The lone two- year term also went to a B-PAC candidate, David Calimag.
For both the village board and library board races, the space between winning and losing came down to few hundred votes. For example, the margin between Action Party's Maria Toth and Caucus Party's John Pietron for the third spot on the village board was less than 150 votes.
Reactions of the village trustee positions
"I wish the margin of victory was a little bit larger, but we will accept this gratefully," said Terri Cousar, Action Party secretary and co-campaign chair.
About 30 supporters and members stood inside the Action Party headquarters on Dempster Street as they tallied the results Tuesday night. Once it was clear that their candidates had earned enough votes to win, the group moved to Tommy's restaurant for a celebration and awards presentation.
Mark Matz, president and co-campaign chair of the Action Party, described his feelings as "blissfully exhausted," adding that he is "happy that the people of Morton Grove have once again chosen the Action Party to represent them as village trustees."
Head west one block, the gathered at to tally up the election results. The restaurant set up a buffet of Mexican food, and supporters snacked on chips and dip while chatting.
Caucus Party Chairman Joe Brunner told Patch: "The turnout is very disappointing, and I feel the residents of Morton Grove got the short end of the stick because the Action Party got away once again without having to discuss issues in public.
"If residents heard the full facts, rather than slanted facts, they may have voted differently," he added. "We’ll have to do a better job of getting the information out there."
On the topic of the library board
Meanwhile, the library board candidates were waiting for their results at various places throughout the community. B-PAC candidates gathered at one colleague's home for coffee and cake. According to one PROLibrary hopeful, some the group's slated candidates attended Park View School's PTO event, while others were at home with their families or at work.
"It was a long, tough road to get to this place tonight," said Mark Albers, a B-PAC organizer who was among the election winners.
"We're so happy that it appears our friends and neighbors agree with our plans for the library," said Catherine Peters, another victorious B-PAC candidate. "Moving forward, we're going to keep our word for everything that we have talked about."
On PROLibrary's Facebook page, the group published a statement on Tuesday night. "Pro Library would like to thank all the residents of Morton Grove along with library supporters, for the past four months of this election," it read. "Many of you came to this not knowing what a library trustee was or did and now have a greater understanding, and we thank you for taking your time to learn." To read the full statement, click here.
In addition to the village and library board races, Morton Grove voters also had a contested race for three seats on the Maine Township District 207 school board. Morton Grove resident Eric Poders ran but came in fourth place.
Golf School District 63 also had three open seats for four-year terms.* Three incumbents won re-election, with challenger Donald India running as a write-in candidate.
Well, that's a wrap from Patch Election HQ. More to come soon, we can guarantee.
*Correction: The article originally posted said the terms were for six-years, but they are for four years.