Bolingbrook mayor may have avoided getting Trumped

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Playing the Trump card didn’t appear to be paying off in Bolingbrook Tuesday.

Longtime Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar was leading in his re-election bid against union organizer and Will County board member Jackie Traynere, who tried to capitalize on the incumbent’s support for President Donald Trump.

But Claar’s victory margin was not huge.

A mere 103 votes separated the two.

Claar was leading Traynere, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent with all 35 precincts reporting.

Neither candidate had declared victory nor conceded defeat late Tuesday.

A few miles away, veteran Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin conceded defeat in his southwest suburb to Republican challenger Keith I. Pekau.

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Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin | Supplied photo

“The residents of Orland Park have spoken,” said McLaughlin, who ran under the First Orland Team banner. “Our opponent motivated us to get out and deliver a message to more voters than ever.  Through the course of that effort, we learned even more about what is more important to our community members. We are thankful for that.”

Suburban voters went to the polls across the Chicago area to decide everything from local school, park district and library board trustees to mayors and village presidents.

In Bolingbrook, Traynere sought to capitalize on Claar’s support for Trump in a suburb that went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential race.

In Orland Park, Pekau beat McLaughlin, 54 percent to 46 percent, with 44 of 50 precincts reporting.

The contests were just two of the hotter races Tuesday.

In suburban Cook County alone, 2,541 candidates are vying in 1,031 contests. More than 100 of those are mayoral or village president elections, although not all are contested. Hundreds more candidates are vying for village, city and township offices in the collar counties.

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