Officer unseated as ESL Mayor; school issues pass
St. Louis, MO – Elections Tuesday in Illinois included a changing of the guard at East St. Louis City Hall. Former City Manager Alvin Parks narrowly won that city's Mayor's job over incumbent Carl Officer.
The mayors of Collinsville, Fairview Heights, and Cahokia all won re-election, but Gail Mitchell by far had the toughest time in Fairview Heights. Unofficial returns show just a five-vote win for Mitchell.
Also on Tuesday, ballot questions passed in the Edwardsville and O'Fallon school districts. The vote in Edwardvsille was for a $58.3 million bond, while the O'Fallon vote will allow $37 million for a new school that will only house ninth graders.
In Carbondale, Ill. Shelia Simon - the daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon - lost a bid for that city's mayor to incumbent Brad Cole.
| IL Local Election 2007 |
| East St. Louis - Mayor |
|Alvin Parks||3,730 (50.1%)|
|Carl Officer (inc.)||3,697 (49.7%)|
|Stan Schaeffer (inc.)||214 (60%)|
|Joy Springer||145 (40%)|
| Fairview Heights - Mayor |
|Vic Canty||1,610 (49.8%)|
|Gail Mitchell (inc.)||1,615 (49.9%)|
| Cahokia - President |
|Frank Bergman (inc.)||1,808 (52%)|
|Ken Spisak||1,634 (47%)|
| O'Fallon District 203 - Bond Issue? |
| Edwardsville District 7 - Bond Issue? |
| Carbondale - Mayor |
|Sheila Simon||1,699 (43%)|
|Brad Cole (inc.)||2,201 (56%)|