Election results from the Cook County Clerk’s office show that more than three-fourths of Evanston voters approved the proposed “fair tax” amendment to the Illinois Constitution, and more than 90% voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president.

The proposed amendment was popular in Evanston but failed statewide: 29,636, 0r 77.04%, voted in favor of the proposed amendment; 8,834, or 22.96% voted “no.”

More than 40,000 Evanstonians cast ballots in the presidential race. Of these

·        36, 410, or 90.9%, voted for Vice President Biden and Senator Harris;

·        3,066, or 7.65%, voted for Donald Trump and Michael Pence;

·        268, or 0.67% voted for Libertarian candidates Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen;

·        200, or 0.5%, voted for Green candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker; 

·        61, or 0.15%, voted for Gloria La Riva and Leonard Peltier of the Party for Socialism and Liberation; and

·        51, or 0.13% voted for Brian Carroll and Amar Patel of the American Solidarity Party.

In the race for U.S. Senate

·        incumbent Democrat Richard Durbin garnered 34,475 votes, 86.61%.

·        Republican Mark Curran received 3,522 votes, 8.85%;

·        Willie Wilson of the Willie Wilson party received 1,009 votes, 2.53%;

·        Green candidate David Black received 488 votes, 1.23%; and

·        Libertarian candidate Danny Malouf received 310 votes, 0.78%.

Democrat incumbent Jan Schakowsky retained her seat in the House of Representatives, receiving almost 90% (89.97%) of Evanston votes cast – 35, 507. Republican Sargis Sangari received 3,957 votes, 10.03%.

 Democrat State Representative Kelly Cassidy, whose 14th district includes part of south Evanston, ran unopposed and received 1,426 Evanston votes.

In the 17th District, incumbent Democrat Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz retained her seat, receiving 6,724 votes, 83.2%; Republican candidate Yesoe Yoon received 971 votes, 12.1%; and Green candidate Christopher Kruger received 327 votes, 4.08%.

In the 18th District, incumbent Democrat Robyn Gabel received 86.55% of the votes cast – 25,265. Independent Sean Matlis received 13.45% of the votes cast – 3,925.

Evanston votes cast for commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are listed below:     

·        Kimberly Neely Dubuclet (Democrat): 27,034 votes, 28.63%

·        M. Cameron ”Cam” Davis (Democrat): 26,640 votes, 28.21%

·        Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda (Democrat): 23,487 votes, 24.87%

·        Rachel Wales (Green): 5, 978 votes, 6.33%

·        Tammie Felicia Vinson (Green): 5,686 votes, 6.02%

·        Troy Antonio Hernandez (Green): 5,604 votes, 5.93%

For State’s Attorney, 27,743, 72.71%, Evanstonians voted for incumbent Democrat Kim Foxx. Republican Patrick O’Brien received 22.02% of the votes cast in Evanston, 8,401. Libertarian Brian Dennehy received 2,010 votes, 5.27%.

The 38,470 ballots cast in the referendum question represented a 70.63% turnout voter turnout. Ballots cast in many other races reflected a similar turnout.


Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...