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Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up On Election Day In Illinois

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Robin Kelly addressed supporters from a Holiday Inn in Matteson, Ill.

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Star-studded races headlined Election Day in Illinois, starring a couple of Bears connections and a race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Here's a recap of the wins and losses.

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Who Won

Robin Kelly easily won Jackson Jr's old seat with 72 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, to beat Republican challenger Paul McKinley. The 56-year-old congresswoman-elect said she will head to Congress with a priority list that includes gun control and immigration reform.

"Make no mistake, the road ahead will be bumpy," Kelly told supporters. "Making our families safe from gun violence is going to be a challenge."

Casey Urlacher, brother of former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, was elected mayor of the small town of Mettawa, in Lake County, in his first run for public office. Urlacher earned 61 percent of the vote. His challenger, Jeffrey Clark, earned 39 percent.

Who Lost

Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael lost his bid unseat the mayor of southwest suburban Romeoville. With all precincts reporting, incumbent Mayor John Noak received nearly 61 percent of the vote and McMichael received about 39 percent of the vote.

"I am honored that the people of Romeoville have placed their trust in me and our entire Romeoville United team for another four years,” Noak said in a victory statement.

Mother Wendy Casey and her son Randall Casey were both defeated in the race for Dixmoor village president by village trustee Dorothy Armstrong. Wendy Casey and Randall Casey each earned less than 10 percent of the 515 votes cast.

Who Didn't Show Up

Voter turnout was predictably low for many races across the greater Chicago area. In the 2nd District about 12 percent of voters were expected to cast ballots.

Turnout was described as "dismal" in the Fox Valley with about 10 percent voting, the Courier News reports. According to the Associated Press, some suburbs saw typical turnout, hovering around 20 percent.

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