Local Election

Live blog: 2014 primary election

Crystal Lake resident Bob Borchert casts his vote at the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in the 2014 General Primary Election
Crystal Lake resident Bob Borchert casts his vote at the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in the 2014 General Primary Election

Welcome to the Northwest Herald's 2014 General Primary Election live blog.

We'll have updates throughout the evening from our news team covering the election, with analysis, results and more.

11:55 p.m. Bill Prim is the unofficial winner of the McHenry County Sheriff's Republican primary. There are only 47 late absentee ballots outstanding, which would not be enough for Andy Zinke to overcome Prim's 98 vote lead. Check www.nwherald.com and Wednesday's Northwest Herald for more.

11:46 p.m. Bill Prim leads Andy Zinke by 98 votes in the sheriff's race. We might not have an official winner in this one tonight. Late absentee ballots have not been counted yet, and we're trying to find out exactly how many are out at this point.

10:51 p.m. All precincts are in. We're still waiting on results from early and absentee voting. In the sheriff's race, Bill Prim leads Andy Zinke by 405 votes.

10:42 p.m. Nick Provenzano told the Northwest Herald that he concedes the clerk race to Mary McClellan, who has maintained a strong lead throughout the night.

"It's pretty clear that she won the election," Provenzano said.

With 98 percent of the vote counted, McClellan leads the race with 55.4 percent of the vote. Officials still have to count early votes and absentee ballots once the precincts are tallied.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

10:38 p.m. Some County Board races are still too close to call.

In District 1, incumbent Robert Nowak and newcomer Andrew Gasser won, as did incumbent Joe Gottemoller in District 3. Incumbent John Jung and newcomer Michael Rein sailed to victory in District 5, and incumbent Michele Aavang has all but secured a primary win in District 6.

In District 3, the race for the other seat between newcomers Don Kopsell and Nancy Gonsiorek is still too close to call, as is the District 6 race between newcomer Larry Smith and incumbent Ersel Schuster.

- Kevin Craver

10:16 p.m. Businessman Bruce Rauner has defeated three veteran lawmakers to win the Republican nomination for Illinois governor. Read more here.

9:47 p.m. Bill Brady concedes in the GOP Gov. primary. Read more here.

9:39 p.m. Eleven precincts to go, plus early voting and absentee ballots, and some very, very tight races. Check the results here.

9:23 p.m. Republican candidates Mary McClellan and Glenda Miller have maintained leads all night in the McHenry County clerk and treasurer primary races.

With more than 75 percent of the vote counted, McClellan leads Nick Provenzano in the clerk's race with 55.4 percent of the vote. Miller leads Jeff Thorsen with 54.2 percent in the treasurer's race. No Democratic candidates have filed in either races.

The winners of both races will replace longtime incumbents. Clerk Katherine Schultz has served the countywide office for 24 years. Treasurer Bill LeFew first started in 1997.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

9:15 p.m. With 77% of precincts reporting, we've got some tight races. Be sure to check our results page here.

9:00 p.m. The Associated Press is calling the Republican primary for U.S. Senate for Jim Oberweis. Read more here.

8:43 p.m. By a 60 percent margin, McHenry County voters are approving a referendum to popularly elect the County Board chairman.

Incumbent Robert Nowak and challenger Andrew Gasser are ahead in County Board District 1. In District 3, incumbent Joe Gottemoller is ahead for one of the seats, and challengers Don Kopsell and Nancy Gonsiorek are neck-and-neck for the other.

In District 5, incumbent John Jung and challenger Michael Rein are running away with the nominations – fired McHenry County sheriff's deputy Zane Seipler is running a distant third.

In District 6, incumbent Michele Aavang is ahead for one seat, and incumbent Ersel Schuster and challenger Larry Smith are in a tight race for the other.

- Kevin Craver

8:36 p.m. FOX LAKE – Some of Fox Lake's roads will still get repaired despite early results showing the $6 million bond proposal failing to win over voters, its village president said.

The Fox Lake Village Board decided to ask voters whether the village should take out $6 million in bonds to supplement $2 million the village has saved up to improve about 23 miles of roadway.

Village President Donny Schmit said he wasn't surprised and he wasn't disappointed by the results that were rolling in Tuesday evening.

By 8:30 p.m., 11 of Fox Lake's 13 precincts had reported and the no votes were in the lead, 397 to 312.

The Village Board still plans on spending the $2 million on road improvements over the next few years, he said.

Final approval requires board action.

A new village administrator set to start March 31 will also be on the look out for grants, a skill the Village Board was looking for, and the village will continue its focus on filling empty storefront and improving its tax base, Schmit said.

- Emily K. Coleman

8:22 p.m. And we're off! Results are starting to come in, so be sure to check who is winning right here.

8:10 p.m. We're still waiting on results from McHenry County, but here are some great photos from the vote today.

7:52 p.m. No surprise, but Governor Pat Quinn cruised to victory in the Democratic primary against Tio Hardiman. Read more here.

7:45 p.m. If you are keeping track of the GOP Governor primary, Dan Rutherford didn't offer a direct concession, but is all but out of the race. Read more here.

7:30 p.m. The candidates for clerk and treasurer and trying to succeed long-time incumbents. Katherine Schultz has spent 24 years as clerk and William LeFew has spent 17 years at his post.

- Stephen Di Benedetto

7:10 p.m. It's been a long and bitter campaign to become the next McHenry County Sheriff.

How long? Twenty-nine months for Andy Zinke; 17 months for Bill Prim.

Zinke, current Undersheriff, announced he would run for the Sheriff's Office top spot in September 2011. He has the backing of retiring Sheriff Keith Nygren, who has had the job since 1997.

A year later, retired Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Prim publicized his intentions with support from State's Attorney Lou Bianchi – a well-documented Nygren adversary. Prim's campaign brought former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and wife, Callista, to McHenry County for a $500-a-ticket fundraising event.

Tonight likely isn't the last stop before becoming sheriff. The winner of tonight's race likely will face Jim Harrison, who has said he intends to run as an independent.

- Chelsea McDougall

7 p.m. Polls have officially closed. Stay tuned for updates throughout tonight.

For live results, our Election Central page will have you covered right here: http://www.nwherald.com/election-central/index.xml

Looking for more updates on various races? Follow these reporters on Twitter:

GOP County Sheriff race (Andy Zinke vs. Bill Prim): Chelsea McDougallhttps://twitter.com/ChelseaNWH

GOP County Treasurer/Clerk races: Stephen Di Benedetto:  https://twitter.com/sdb787

County Board and County chairman referendum: Kevin Craver:  https://twitter.com/KevinCraver

A roundup of the various referenda: Emily Coleman:  https://twitter.com/MEKColeman

And our Northwest Herald Twitter account is here:  https://twitter.com/nwherald

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