After nearly a week of waiting, results from last week's local advisory council elections have now been released.
Candidates can still challenge election results in the next few days, and final results should be out by the end of the week, says Robert Whitfield, attorney for the Central Advisory Council.
Whitfield says he still hasn't determined just what held up the results, but he suspects it may have been problems at polling places.
"I won't know until I look into that further," says Whitfield, "We haven't been flooded with complaints."
Candidates who want to contest the results have to submit a form to Alexis Bivens Ltd., the company contracted by the CAC to run the election, by Wednesday. In those instances, an attorney at Alexis Bivens will hold a hearing to determine the final winner.
Whitfield says he's heard challenges may come from Lathrop Homes, Cabrini-Green and Altgeld, but he hasn't seen a final list. Sandra Bivens, president of Alexis-Bivens, says she's received three challenges so far, but could not give names of developments.
Carol Steele, preliminary winner at Cabrini-Green, says she hasn't heard of any challenges to her or any of the other candidates. According to the preliminary results, with 123 votes, Steele beat her opponents Wylodine Hampton and Kenneth Hammond by 47 and 80 votes respectively.
Juanita Stevenson plans to contest results at Lathrop Homes, where candidate Robert Davidson beat her by only 22 votes. Stevenson says she's heard stories about ballots being improperly voided or thrown away at Lathrop's election site.
"I've got residents calling me, asking me what happened," says Stevenson. "They're saying they voted for me, but they're wondering why I didn't win."
Stevenson says she's particularly suspicious about the results because the rest of her slate was elected, even though she lost.
Whitfield says that it appears any problems with the election procedures were minor and occur in most elections.
"Even in some mayoral and presidential elections, there's always going to be problems at polling places," Whitfield.
Preliminary results for CHA's family developments are as follows:
President - Deverra Beverly
Vice President - Annie Davis
Treasurer - Justean Gaines
Secretary - Loretta Mason
President - Bernadette Williams
Vice President - Barbara Brandon-Lawrence
Treasurer - Gayle Reed
Secretary -Deborah Hollins
President - Carol Steele
Vice President - Maurice Edwards
Treasurer - Ariestede Steele
Secretary - Lena Wells
President - Theresa Ricks
Treasurer - Jeanette Wallace
Henry Horner (Westhaven):
President - Crystal Palmer
Vice President - Florence Wright
Treasurer - Susan Sago
Secretary - Keith Jackson
Harold Ickes Homes:
President - Gloria Williams
Vice President - Martha Ann Norris
Treasurer - Barbara Southall
Secretary - Rhonda Ludy
President - Robert Davidson
Vice President - Vanessa Evans
Treasurer - Mildred Pagan
Secretary - Sandra Cornwell
Vice President - Charlette Thompson
Treasurer - Bridget Remond
President - Natalie Saffold
Treasurer -May June Powell
North East Scattered Sites:
President - Willie Burrell
Vice President - Maria Sopena
North Lawndale/Scattered Sites West:
Vice President: Mary Garmon
Treasurer: Dorothy Grant
Secretary: Charmeita Witherspoon
Trumbull Park/Lowden Homes:
President - Myra King
Vice President - Ethel Norman
Secretary - JuWann Jackson
Washington Park/Scattered Sites East:
President - Francine Washington
Vice President - Darlene Day
Treasurer - Betty Thompson
Secretary - Lucille Washington
President - Beatrice Harris
Vice President - Emma Davis
Treasurer - Claudia Elliot
Secretary - Hallie Amey
Staff Writer Megan Cottrell covers public housing for the Daily News. She can be reached at 773-362-5002, ext. 12, or megan [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.