Another election is under the table and there certainly were winners --- some in stunning fashion. At the same time there were plenty of whiners. Let us differentiate between the two.
Winner: Bob Sabonjian in the Waukegan mayor's race and his crew of supporters who, from the easy win on Tuesday, out-worked the Democratic machine backing Mayor Dick Hyde.
Whiners: Those already regaling everyone with horror stories about how Sabonjian will govern Lake County's largest city. He doesn't take office until May 4, folks. And, there's no suggestion he will make Waukegan the next "sanctuary city" in Illinois.
Winner: Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik who, besides posting those annoying "WOW" campaign signs, stomped her two opponents by keeping a low profile.
Whiner: Gurnee mayoral candidate Tony Maniscalco, who thinks everybody's out to get him. However, as Jim Morrison once said: "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you."
Winners: Mettawa voters who look to have split the vote evenly between incumbent Mayor Barry MacLean and challenger Jess Ray. What a country, eh?
Whiners: Mettawa voters. If it weren't for the Costco controversy, MacLean wouldn't have faced a challenge . Seems when it comes to arguing over business development, that horse left the stable years ago in the one-time paper village when W.W. Grainger came to town.
Winners: The Lake County Clerk's staff. Tuesday's vote went off without a hiccup.
Whiners: Those who would like to challenge Clerk Willard Helander next year and were looking for a glitch to unseat her.
Winners: Lake County voters who finally have come to some sort of resolution that the extension of Route 53 should be built.
Whiners: Those voters who live in the path of the possible roadway. They were the only ones who voted against the advisory referendum which won by a 75 to 24 percent margin.
Winners: Most township supervisors, re-elected to their anachronistic "part-time" posts.
Whiner: To the Warren Township resident who took The Hound to task for not posting results of the Warren Township races. Ma'am, they were all unopposed. But, Supervisor SueSimpson was re-elected overwhelmingly with 4,711 votes. If you're interested, the rest of the Warren results are on the county clerk's Web site.