Updated Mar 29, 2024 - News

Primary election 2024 results: Illinois

Illustration of a voting pin surrounded by election form icons

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Most of Illinois' primary election results are in, as of Wednesday morning.

The big picture: Nearly all incumbents walked away winners, but there were a few surprises and some races not yet called.

Zoom in: Chicago's turnout was very low — roughly 20%, which is almost half of 2020 (38%) and far worse than 2016 (54%), according to Chicago Board of Elections data on Tuesday.

Here's what we know so far, per AP projections:

Presidential preference

Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals

As expected, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump won their respective primaries — mirroring similar results across the country as the two head to the first presidential rematch since 1956.

Zoom out: Palestinian and Muslim community groups had called on Illinois Democrats to protest the Biden administration's handling of the Israel-Hamas war by writing in "Gaza" on the presidential ticket. It's unclear how many protested, as the Illinois Board of Elections doesn't count unregistered write-in candidates.

Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals

Cook County State's Attorney

AP called the race for former Judge Eileen O'Neill Burke on Friday, March 29.

Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals

Go deeper

Bring Chicago Home referendum

Referendum failed: The ballot measure aimed at increasing high-end real estate transfer taxes to raise money for homeless services was declared defeated by the AP Friday with "no" votes earning 53% and leading by nearly 21,000 votes.

Go deeper

U.S. House

Incumbent Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García won handily over Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez in Illinois' 4th District, a race that was expected to signal where voters stand on immigration reform.

  • Lopez, one of City Council's more conservative members, called García's policies too far left, but most voters apparently didn't think that was the case.

Most of the Illinois congressional delegation advanced in their respective primaries, including Democratic Rep. Danny Davis (7th). Former gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey conceded to Rep. Mike Bost in the GOP primary for the 12th Congressional District.

Go deeper

Illinois Senate

20th District (D): Progressive Graciela Guzmán upset incumbent Natalie Toro in the Logan Square area.

  • Guzmán was helped by a late campaign visit from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Illinois Supreme Court

Incumbent Joy Cunningham will return to the bench after defeating challenger Jesse Reyes.

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk (D)

Challenger Mariyana Spyropoulos upset incumbent Iris Martinez in the Democratic primary for the second-largest court system in the nation.

  • Spyropoulos, a longtime Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, had scored the endorsement of Cook County Democratic Party head and Board president Toni Preckwinkle.

Cook County Board of Review

Larry Rogers, Jr. retains his seat on the board that reviews property tax appeals.

  • Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi supported Rogers' opponent Larecia Tucker, but the incumbent had the support of Cook County Dems.
avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Chicago.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Chicago stories

No stories could be found

Chicagopostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Chicago.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more