Fifth District Fallout

Winners & Losers

Mike Quigley isn't the only winner in the 5th District, and his opponents aren't the only losers. Let's take a look.


LOSER: Todd Stroger. Running against him proved effective.

WINNER: Todd Stroger. Glad to have Quigley in Washington instead of Cook County.


LOSER: Unions. The SEIU backed Sara Feigenholtz, a slew of others backed John Fritchey, and virtually none of them backed labor lawyer and author-advocate Tom Geoghegan.

WINNER: Progress Illinois, the SEIU-backed website. PI was perhaps the go-to place for coverage of the race. With just a three-person staff.


LOSER: Mayor Daley. Quigley was the least Daley-friendly candidate among the front-runners; he's been a thorn in the mayor's side about TIFs and opposes his deal to privatize Midway Airport.

WINNER: Mayor Daley. See Todd Stroger.


LOSER: Democratic ward organizations. Couldn't bring the vote for Fritchey or Ald. Patrick O'Connor.

WINNER: Democratic party. Seat still safe from Greens and Republicans.


WINNER: Forrest Claypool. An anti-Todd Stroger campaign won.

LOSER: Forrest Claypool. May be too late for him with Toni Preckwinkle in the race.


WINNER: TV stations, consultants, the post office. Special election meant bonus revenue.

LOSER: TV stations, consultants, the post office. Campaign spending overrated; winning candidate was outspent 5 to 1.

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