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LIVE UPDATES: McHenry County's 2019 consolidated election

Election judge Gus Flaherty of Crystal Lake affixes voting instructions to the inside of voting booths at the Bethany Lutheran Church polling location on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Crystal Lake.
Election judge Gus Flaherty of Crystal Lake affixes voting instructions to the inside of voting booths at the Bethany Lutheran Church polling location on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Crystal Lake.

McHenry County voters took to the polls Tuesday to vote in the consolidated election.

Candidates are running for local offices and representatives of local units of government are seeking financial assistance. Visit the Northwest Herald's Election Central 2019 for more information on the candidates.

Northwest Herald reporters will be providing live updates of the races here. Vote totals are unofficial.

9:25 p.m.: Updated totals from the McHenry County Clerk's office show 17,681 voted in Tuesday's election, not including early votes and absentee ballots.

Most precincts are reported on the clerk's website. Early vote totals have not yet been added.

9:17 p.m.: With 50 out of 50 precincts reporting and 6,686 votes cast in the Crystal Lake Park District race, Jason Heisler won about 23 percent of the total, with 1,565 votes. He was followed by incumbents Deborah Gallagher, who won nearly 20 percent with 1,311 votes. James Rocheford came in third with nearly 17 percent with 1,118 votes. Early votes have not yet been included.

8:51 p.m.:  Two incumbents and one political newcomer were elected to the Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Board Tuesday night, according to preliminary results not including early voting numbers.

Incumbents Adam Guss and Amy Blazier, along with Tom Vaclavek each one a seat on the board Tuesday night during the consolidated election. They bested Meghan Tillson, Jacob Justen and Scott Coffey.

8:41 p.m.: Cary Village Board incumbent Ellen McAlpine is taking the lead with 18.51% of votes and all precincts reporting. Behind her are incumbent Kim Covelli and newcomer, Dale Collier Jr. with 18.20% and 17.82% of votes, respectively. Incumbent Jim Cosler appears to have been unseated, according to unofficial results. 

8:39 p.m.: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Stephen Fiorentino, Nancy Zettler, Leslie LaMarca and Joe Stevens are ahead in the race for four open seats on the Community Unite School District 300 board. Early voting and vote by mail ballots are yet to be counted.

8:23 p.m.:  Two incumbents and one newcomer are leading the race for District 155 School Board. With 75 out of 80 precincts reporting and a total of 13,921 votes counted, incumbent Amy Blazier netted nearly 25 percent of the total, with 3,422 votes. Tom Vaclavek follows with nearly 20 percent and 2,746 votes. Incumbent Adam Guss so far has won about 17 percent, with 2,370 votes. There are three open seats.

8:18 p.m.: Lisa Lohmeyer remains in the lead in the Woodstock City Council race with 29 percent of the vote, or 1,262 votes.

Three seats are open.

Wendy Piersall, Darrin Flynn and Tom Grell neck and neck. Piersall has 914 votes; Grell has 907 votes and Flynn has 903 votes.

Michael Stanard is in last place with 389 votes, or 8.9 percent.

Eighteen out of 19 precincts have reported.

Voters are so far approving the Woodstock Fire Rescue District referendum, with 64.6 percent in favor to 35.3 percent against.

Twenty-three of 24 precincts have reported.

8:15 p.m.: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Suzette Bojarski, Diane Murphy and Ray Bogdanowski are ahead in the race for three open seats on the Lake in the Hills Village Board. Early voting and vote by mail ballots are yet to be counted.

Kevin Gentry, Melissa Maiorino and William Geheren are ahead in the Huntley District 158 school board race with 100 percent of precincts reporting, not counting early vote totals.

With 100 percent of precincts in McHenry County reporting, 65.85 percent of voters were in favor of a $12.9 million bond issuance by the Huntley Area Public Library for a proposed renovation and building expansion. With one of seven precincts reporting in Kane County, 67.53 percent of voters favor the measure.

7:49 p.m.: Cary Village Board incumbents Ellen McAlpine and Kim Covelli, as well as newcomer Dale Collier Jr. appear to be taking the lead for three open trustee slots, with 13 precincts reporting. 

7:45 p.m.: Trustee Suzette Bojarski is leading the candidates for Lake in the Hills village board with 24.04 percent of the vote followed by trustee Diane Murphy with 22.54 percent and Ray Bogdanowski with 21.54 percent, preliminary results show.

In the Huntley District 158 school board race, board member Kevin Gentry is leading the race with 26.05 percent of the vote followed by Melissa Maiorino and board member William Geheren.

In the Community Unit School District 300 race, Stephen Fiorentino, Nancy Zettler, Joe Stevens and Leslie LaMarca are ahead.

With 5.58 percent of the vote counted in McHenry County, 65.61 percent of voters are in favor of a referendum to issue $12.9 million in bonds for the expansion of the Huntley Area Public Library. In Kane County, with 691 ballots cast as of 7:45 p.m. 67.29 percent of voters are in support of the referendum.

In Marengo, 58.8 percent of voters are in support of a referendum calling for a property tax increase to help provide benefits options for firefighters. A similar measure for the Huntley Rescue Squad District also has voters in support of the measure.

7:42 p.m.: McHenry City Council Ward 2’s race is tight. 

Incumbent Andrew Glab has 40 votes, to Jim Walsh’s 39, according to preliminary results.

In Woodstock, Lisa Lohmeyer has 1,206 votes, or 29 percent; Wendy Piersall has 883 votes, or 21.1percent; Tom Grell has 865 votes, or 20.7 percent; Darrin Flynn has 854 votes, or 20.4 percent and Michael Stanard has 367 votes, or 8.7 percent

Woodstock Fire Rescue District's referendum is so far favored with 1,350 yes votes to 712 no votes.

Alden-Hebron District 19's referendum is failing with 732 no votes to 224 yes votes.

7:37 p.m.: Amy Blazier, Tom Vaclavek and Adam Guss are leading the race for a seat on the District 155 School Board. Six candidates – including Meghan Tillson, Jacob Justen and Scott Coffey – are competing for three open seats.

7:30 p.m.: The first results are in, with 1.3 percent of votes reported.

For Woodstock City Council, Lisa Lohmeyer has 29.4 percent of the vote with 144 votes. Darrin Flynn has 23.3 percent of the vote with 114 votes. Wendy Piersall has 103 votes, or 21 percent. Tom Grell has 91 votes, or 18.6 percent. Michael Stanard is in last place with 37 votes, or 7.5 percent.

Woodstock-area voters so far favor the Woodstock Fire-Rescue District referendum with 175 yes votes to 107 no votes.

Alden-Hebron District 19 voters have so far overwhelmingly rejected the referendum, with 212 votes against and 35 in favor of.

7 p.m.: Polls have closed. According to the clerk's website, 21,845 – or 8.9 percent of voters – have cast ballots. There are 230,336 registered voters in the county, according to the clerk's office.

6:57 p.m.: As of 6:25 p.m., 21,157 people have voted, according to the clerk's website. Polls close at 7 p.m.

6:43 p.m.: A referendum from the Marengo Fire Protection District authorizing a property tax increase to help fund benefit options for firefighters and paramedics was incorrectly written on election ballots on Tuesday.

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said some Woodstock voter's ballots also had errors.

6:03 p.m.: 8.2 percent of McHenry County's registered voters or 20,272 people have cast ballots as of 5:55 p.m., with about about one hour remaining to vote.

5:34 p.m.: Polling sites have experienced "a handful of issues" from failing machines to connectivity problems, McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio said. At worst, technological setbacks caused delays and will not affect final counts, he added.

5:11 p.m.: The Lake in the Hills village board will have at least one new board member following the election.

Three board seats are available but only two incumbents are running: trustee Ray Bogdanowski, who has served on the village board since 2001, and trustee Suzette Bojarski, a former parks and recreation board member who was appointed to the village board in October. Diane Murphy and Alan Wilson are also running.

Huntley School District 158, on the other hand, may have the same school board on its hands after the election.

In addition to Algonquin resident Timothy Griskey and Huntley resident Melissa Maiorino, school board members William Geheren, Ra’Shawn Walker and Kevin Gentry are running for one of three open seats on the board.

Three incumbents of the Community School Unit School District 300 are running for four open seats: Stephen Fiorentino, Kimberly Garcia and Joe Stevens. Nancy Zettler and Leslie LaMarca are also running.

5:01 p.m.: In total, 18,293 votes have been cast in McHenry County, according to the McHenry County Clerk's website. This includes 4,025 early votes, 340 absentee votes and 13,928 votes on Election Day. The total represents 7.4 percent of registered voters.

4:51 p.m. : Woodstock voters will elect three new people to the City Council.

Five candidates are vying for three seats on the council. Those candidates are Wendy Piersall, Darrin Flynn, Tom Grell, Michael Stanard and Lisa Lohmeyer.

Voters in the Woodstock Fire-Rescue District boundaries will also consider a referendum that would allow the district to increase its property tax levy by 20 percent.

If the referendum is successful, a resident within the fire/rescue district’s boundaries with a $100,000 home is estimated to pay an extra $56.86 toward the district in property taxes, according to district documents. State law limits how much a taxing body can ask for over its last levy request. The limit is 5 percent or the consumer price index, whichever is less.

In McHenry, there are three seats in three wards open but only one race is contested.

Incumbent Andrew Glab is facing James Walsh for the Ward 2 seat.

Bobbi Baehne, Patrick Devine and Sue Miller are running unopposed to fill seats in wards 4, 6 and 7, respectively.

Residents living within Alden-Hebron District 19's boundaries will face a referendum that could increase property taxes by $913 for a person with a $150,000 home.

The district is seeking taxpayer approval to issue $20.3 million in school building bonds to construct a new middle and high school facility.

4:39 p.m.: Two contested races on some voter's ballots include the McHenry County College Board and Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Board races.

Twelve candidates are running for a seat on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees. Carlos Arevelo, Robert Lush, Maija Mizens, James Young and incumbents Tom Allen, Mary Beth Siddons and Molly Walsh are running for three six-year terms on the board.

Cheryl Dawson, Andrew Georgi and Suzanne Hoban are running for one four-year term. Elizabeth Speros and Peter Suffield are running for one two-year term.

Six candidates – incumbents Adam Guss and Amy Blazier, along with Tom Vaclavek, Meghan Tillson, Jacob Justen and Scott Coffey – are competing for three open seats on the Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Board. The candidates have differing opinions on the district’s handling of disciplinary cases and the negotiation process for the new teachers’ contract.

4:32 p.m.: In total, 17,350 votes have been cast as of 4:32 p.m. in the consolidated election, according to the McHenry County Clerk's Office.

4:16 p.m.: In total, 16,409 votes have been cast as of 3:55 p.m. in the consolidated election, according to the McHenry County Clerk's Office.

Early voting accounts for 1.6 percent of vote totals, or 4,025 votes, and absentee voting account for 0.1 percent, or 340 votes, according to the clerk's website.

For a list of contested races, visit: https://www.nwherald.com/2019/04/01/what-mchenry-county-voters-need-to-know-before-going-to-the-polls-tuesday/aqqgjtk/.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

Visit https://mchenry-il.connect4.clarityelections.com/ to find a sample ballot.

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