Voters weigh in on mayoral races in Crest Hill, Lockport and Shorewood

Voters in Crest Hill, Lockport and Shorewood had competitive mayoral races to weigh in on in Tuesday’s consolidated municipal election.

In Crest Hill, Alderwoman Tina Oberlin mounted a challenge to incumbent Mayor Ray Soliman who has served in office since 2009.

In Lockport, incumbent Mayor Steve Streit, who was seeking a third term drew two challengers in Alderwoman Catherine Perretta and local businessman Ronald Cornolo.

In Shorewood, Mayor Rick Chapman declined to run for reelection to instead run for a Village Board seat. So Village Trustees Dan Anderson and Clarence “CC” DeBold faced off to succeed Chapman.

Positions on the Crest Hill City Council, Lockport City Council and Shorewood Village Board were also on the ballot.

The following unofficial results came from the Will County Clerk’s Office.

Crest Hill

Election night totals showed Soliman topping Oberlin 1,461 to 614, or by 70.41% to 29.59%.


Soliman’s work with the city as a police officer in the 1980s and has served on the city’s Plan Commission and as an alderman. Oberlin has served on the City Council since 2006.

She argued the city leadership under Soliman has “just not the best it can be” and wanted to do more for economic development in the city of about 20,000 residents.

Lockport

Election night totals showed Streit ahead of Perretta and Cornolo. Streit had 2,586 votes for 72.59%, Perretta had 542 for 15.29% and Cornolo had 417 for 11.76%.


Streit, who was first elected in 2013, has touted the revitalization of the downtown area and more than $76 million in infrastructure investments during his tenure in the city of about 25,000 residents.

Still, Perretta, who was elected to the City Council in 2017, said she’s taken issue with some of the financial decisions made under Streit’s leadership and argued some those choices resulted in “wasteful spending.”

Cornolo, who owns his family’s travel agency, made tackling truck traffic in the city the main focus of his campaign.

Shorewood

Election night totals showed DeBold ahead of Anderson with 1,055 votes to 1,040 votes. DeBold had 50.36% of the returns and Anderson had 49.64%.


Anderson has served as a village trustee in Shorewood since 1997 and argued he was the candidate with the requisite experience to replace Chapman.

DeBold has served one term on the Village Board while working as a firefighter and argued for “new, younger blood” to lead the village of more than 17,000 residents.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.

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