NEAR WEST SIDE — Longtime Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. was re-elected to his 27th Ward seat Tuesday.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, the incumbent held 75 percent of the vote to challenger Gabe Beukinga's 25 percent, sealing Burnett's sixth term.
After Burnett's win, spokesman Tom Bowen said residents of the 27th Ward continue to back the 51-year-old alderman, who's a close ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"The voters demonstrated their confidence in the alderman by giving him an overwhelming majority of the vote," Bowen said.
In a series of "drunken" e-mails sent in November, Beukinga threatened to "crush" an influential developer and accused the firm of engaging in "pay-to-play politics" with Burnett.
Beukinga apologized, but contended that he was still a better choice for the seat than Burnett, who was convicted of bank robbery at age 17 and served two years in prison.
The diverse 27th Ward includes parts of the West Loop, Greektown, Garfield Park, the Near North Side, Old Town, West Humboldt Park, West Town, the Medical District and Goose Island neighborhoods.
Check out our full 2015 Aldermanic Election guide for more info on the candidates in this and other ward races.
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