Thirteen candidates won in Tuesday’s consolidated election with extra assistance from Illinois REALTORS®.
The winners included three mayors, eight city council members, one village trustee and one community college board member. Nine were re-elected and the rest were challengers or vying for open seats.
In addition to direct contributions, the candidates received Independent Expenditures from Illinois REALTORS® in the form of direct mail and digital ads to encourage registered voters to choose the REALTOR®-backed candidates. By law, Independent Expenditures cannot be coordinated with a candidate’s campaign.
The following REALTOR®-backed candidates won Tuesday:
- Incumbent Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen,
- Incumbent Country Club Hills Mayor James Ford,
- Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt,
- Incumbent Chicago Aldermen James Cappelman (46th Ward), Ray Lopez (15th Ward), Greg Mitchell (7th Ward) and Ariel Reyboras (30th Ward),
- Chicago City Council newcomers Stephanie Coleman (16th Ward) and Samantha “Sam” Nugent (39th Ward),
- Incumbent Peoria City Council member and REALTOR® Zack Oyler,
- Incumbent Naperville City Council member Patty Gustin,
- Orland Park Village Trustee Cindy Nelson-Katsenes and
- Incumbent Rockford Rock Valley College Board Patrick Murphy.
“These races were highly competitive,” said Mike Scobey, senior director of local advocacy & global programs, Illinois REALTORS®. “And overall we’re happy with yesterday’s results.”
Sixty-five percent of candidates who received Independent Expenditure support from Illinois REALTORS® during the Feb. 26 consolidated primaries and the April 2 consolidated elections succeeded in their election bids.