Governor Bruce Rauner succumbed to the polls and affirmed his defeat against J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday, November 6, receiving a mere 39% of votes compared to a vast 54% for Pritzker, successfully ending Rauner’s 4-year war on Illinois workers and their families.
“Last night, Rauner’s reign came to a screeching halt as the people of Illinois successfully shifted Republican momentum,” said Terrence J. Hancock, President of Teamsters Joint Council 25. “The outcome of this race should echo a distinct message to all politicians in Illinois – support Illinois workers, because Illinois workers vote.”
The victorious streaks continued as Teamster-backed Kwame Raoul defeated Erika Harold for Attorney General and Susana Mendoza as well as Mike Frerichs were reelected for Comptroller and Treasurer, respectively.
Democrats also filled two Congressional seats in Districts that are traditionally recognized as Republican.
Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood claimed stunning victories over Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren – Districts encompassing DuPage, Kane and portions of Will County.
Shedding light on the Senate races, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), a former Teamsters Local 734 member, secures another term in Illinois District 23 with a 54-45 percent margin over his opponent Seth Lewis. Ann Gillespie defeated incumbent Senator Tom Rooney (R-Palatine) in the Northwest Suburbs.
In the Illinois House, Democrats regained a supermajority, adding 5 additional seats in office. Notable wins include Terra Costa Howard over Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) and Karina Villa over Tonia Khouri, in a District covering both St. Charles and Batavia.
In downstate Illinois, Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), a longtime Teamster-supporter, won in a hard, sought out victory for reelection and Representative Jerry Costello (D-Smithton) held off his challenger as well.
In two of the more surprising races in Cook County, newcomers defeat entrenched anti-labor Republicans. Kevin Morrison defeated Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider, who is also Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, by a significant 9 points. Challenger Scott Britton defeated incumbent Gregg Goslin in yet another notable victory.
“This is why it is imperative that our members get out and vote,” said Hancock. “When they do, they not only make more meaningful and beneficial changes possible, they make change for a better future inevitable.”For a complete list of races in Illinois, visit the Chicago Sun-Times results page.