Kane GOP voters back Lauzen, Trump; Dems like Sanders

By Jack McCarthy Chronicle Media
Republican Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board Chairman

Republican Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board Chairman

Republican voters gave incumbent Kane County Board chairman Chris Lauzen a shot at another term while expressing a preference for Donald Trump for president in Tuesday’s Illinois primaries.

Lauzen, seeking the GOP nomination for another term, led Kenneth C. Shepro, a former County Board attorney,  by a nearly 2-1 margin with all 228 precincts (excluding Aurora) reporting.

The Aurora Election Commission, which oversees elections in the city, had not posted results from its 73 precincts as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Trump, reflecting consistent statewide support, collected 36 percent of the Kane Republican vote while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was second with 27 percent with all precincts but Aurora reported

Trump was declared the Illinois winner before 10 p.m. and appeared to win four of five states with Tuesday presidential primaries.

County Democrats, meanwhile, appeared to give their support to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Illinois native and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders had 57 percent of the county vote to 42 percent for Clinton.

They also overwhelmingly backed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth with nearly 70 percent of the vote in a three-candidate battle for the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate. Illinois Democrats similarly supported Duckworth to go up against incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk this fall.

Lauzen’s nomination basically secured another term after Democrats failed to nominate an opponent for November.

In other contested Republican county races, Terry Hunt beat Craig P. Lee by around 7,000 votes for the auditor nomination, L. Robert “Rob” Russell had a 3,000-vote lead on Bob Tiballi for the nomination for coroner.