Much to the disappointment of some folks – and to the relief of at least one person -- LaSalle County Clerk Lori Bongartz will not be flipping a coin to determine the winner of the election for Fourth Ward Alderman in LaSalle.
We just got off the phone with the clerk, who confirmed that challenger Jordan Crane has narrowly defeated incumbent Mark Schneider in the race for Fourth Ward Alderman in LaSalle.
The April 2 election produced a tie in the voting for the seat, at 163 votes apiece. Since then, enough absentee ballots have come in to give Crane two extra votes. Schneider received no mail-in votes.
Had the mail-ins not broken the tie, the clerk would have done it with a coin toss, per Illinois election code.