The Earlville mayoral race is over

Hall won’t ask for recount; Actis wins by 5 votes

The Earlville mayor’s race is over. Outgoing Mayor Michael Hall said Wednesday he won’t seek a recount.

Hall deferred comment late Tuesday night after votes showed challenger Mark Actis prevailing 119-114. Reached by phone Wednesday, Hall said he would not dispute the vote totals and has accepted the outcome.

“I want to thank the people of Earlville for having confidence in me for the past 20 years,” Hall said.

The race was initially too close to call, with Actis clinging to a seven vote lead after in-person voting was concluded at 7 p.m. The late-night addition of early and absentee votes cut that lead to five.

Turnout was poor. The combined voter turnout in Earl precincts 1 and 2 was an average 16.8%, which nonetheless exceeded La Salle County’s overall turnout of 15.3%.

Actis was advised Wednesday that Hall won’t contest the results and he replied, “I want to thank Mike for his years of service.”

The new mayor is a union electrician and 13-year resident of Earlville who has served as alderman for the past five years.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins covers criminal justice in La Salle County.