Ostenburg Wins Re-election in a Landslide

John Ostenburg
Mayor John Ostenburg celebrates his victory election night. (Photo: Rich Whitehead)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- John Ostenburg coasted to re-election as Park Forest Mayor with 1,663 votes to challenger JeRome Brown’s 944 votes, according to the latest tally released by Cook County yesterday.

All results are unofficial until final canvassing on April 28.

Ostenburg won in both counties, with 1,503 in Cook and 160 in Will, compared to Brown’s 825 and 119 respectively.

Will County is expected to release its next update April 21.

In the trustee race, Mae Brandon was the top vote-getter with 1,846, followed by Georgia O’Neill at 1,343. Tiffani Graham currently holds third with 1,145 votes followed by Gary Koycinski, who has 1,137, a difference of only 8 votes.

Jonathan Vanderbilt came in a solid last with 1,085.

According to the Cook County Clerk’s web site, Tuesday April 21 is the deadline for county to complete the validation and counting of provisional ballots. Tuesday, April 21 is also the deadline for the county clerk to complete the tabulation of absentee ballots that were postmarked by the midnight preceding the opening of the polls on election day.

Tuesday, April 28 is the last day for the county clerk to canvass the election results.

Voter turnout was light: 14.92% of registered voters cast ballots in Will County. While 20.27% of registered voters cast ballots in the Cook County section of Park Forest, only 14% of registered voters cast ballots county-wide.