EDISON PARK — Tim Heneghan, who had the backing of the 41st Ward Democratic Organization, easily defeated Andrew "Andy" DeVito, who was endorsed by Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), according to unofficial election returns Tuesday night.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Heneghan won 60 percent of the vote to DeVito's 33 percent, according to early returns.
Goran Davidovac, a member of the Taft High School Local School Council, finished third with 7 percent, according to elections officials.
Heneghan also had the backing of former Ald. Mary O'Connor (41st) who lost her bid for re-election to Napolitano in 2015. Heneghan's victory positions him to run against Napolitano in 2019.
The ward includes Edison Park, O'Hare, Norwood Park and parts of Edgebrook.
Heneghan, a firefighter in suburban Elmwood Park, is in his second term on the Local School Council at Ebinger Elementary School in Edison Park, where he also served for seven years as the volunteer athletic director and coached several teams.
DeVito was criticized during the campaign for accepting Napolitano's endorsement. He was elected to the council with the support of the Chicago Republican Party, and is the only alderman who is not a member of the Democratic party.
State Rep. Michael McAuliffe, who represents the 20th District in the Illinois House and is the current 41st Ward Republican committeeman, was unopposed on the Republican ballot for both jobs.
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