LAKEVIEW — Incumbent Ald. Tom Tunney is poised to hold on to his seat in the 44th Ward.
With 95 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Tunney had 63 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Challenger Austin Baidas was at 26 percent and Elizabeth Shydlowski was at 11 percent.
Tunney addressed supporters at a campaign party at El Jardin in Lakeview with outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel by his side.
“I’m grateful to the neighborhood for their support and will continue to work with the Cubs to make sure Lakeview remains one of the best neighborhoods in the city,” Tunney said. “I always have and always will believe in being a collaborative leader for the city.”
In the lead up to the election, the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, were linked both openly and behind the scenes to efforts to unseat Tunney.
Tunney’s resistance to some expansion plans at and around Wrigley became a central focus during the campaign. While the veteran alderman insisted he’s looking out for the best interests of the whole neighborhood, the Ricketts family said he’s stood in the way of progress in the ward.
Tunney, owner of Ann Sather restaurants, became the first openly gay alderman when he was first elected in 2003.
Covering parts of Lakeview and Wrigleyville, the 44th Ward includes popular tourist spots like Wrigley Field and Boystown.
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