Wilcox leads Joyce in 40th Senate District

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Lori Wilcox

Patrick Joyce, the pick of Democratic Party leaders, was trailing in the Democratic primary for the 40th state Senate seat.

Challenger Lori Wilcox had 36.2 percent of the vote to Joyce’s 34.2 percent with one-third of precincts reporting in the district, which covers southern Cook County.

Joyce, son of the late state Sen. Jerome Joyce, has been a state senator since November when then-state Sen. Toi Hutchinson resigned to become the state’s first cannabis regulation oversight officer.