This article in the Chicago Tribune is by Clare Proctor:
Despite the heated national debate about voting rights, the vast majority of suburban Chicago voters did not cast a ballot in Tuesday’s municipal elections for key local decision-makers, including mayors and school boards.
At the county level, voter turnout mostly hovered in the low to midteens, typical for many counties in consolidated elections. On the lower end, McHenry County reported a voter turnout of 9.5%, and Kankakee County topped voter turnouts across the counties at 18.6%. The pandemic didn’t have a significant effect on voter turnout, according to county clerks’ offices, with sufficient alternative options for people to vote early or by mail instead of in person.
In Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, turnout was 14.7%, 15.6% and 13.7%, respectively.
In Will County, southwest of Chicago, 15.8% of voters cast a ballot Tuesday. That’s nearly 3 percentage points higher than the previous consolidated election in 2019, which had a voter turnout of 13.2%, said Charles Pelkie, chief of staff for the Will County clerk’s office.