Updated 11:07 p.m.
Twenty-two out of twenty three precincts are reporting. Bielinski is maintaining his lead by 19% over Basil. There's still one precinct that's yet to report. Keep checking Patch for more information as it becomes available.Candidate Vote Totals Vote Percentages Precincts Reporting Bob Bielinski 2,050 59.25% 22/23 Mike Basil 1,410 40.75% 22/23
Updated 8:01 p.m.
With twenty out of twenty-three precincts reporting, Bielinski appears to be holding strong to his lead, with 19% more votes than Basil.Candidate Vote Totals Vote Percentages Precincts Reporting Bob Bielinski 1,882 59.43% 20/23 Mike Basil 1,285 40.57% 20/23
Updated 7:54 p.m.
Sixteen out of Wilmette's 23 precincts are now reporting, and Bielinski has a 20% lead over Basil.Candidate Vote Totals Vote Percentages Precincts Reporting Bob Bielinski 1,555 60.29% 16/23 Mike Basil 1,024 39.71% 16/23
Updated 7:43 p.m.
Eleven out of 23 precincts are now reporting.Candidate Name Vote Totals Vote Percentages Precincts Reporting Bob Bielinski 1,082 58.45% 11/23 Mike Basil 769 41.55% 11/23
Updated 7:38 p.m.
One out of 23 precincts have reported so far, and Bielinski has a small lead over Basil, with 109 to 75 votes.Candidate Name Vote Totals Vote Percentages Precincts Reporting Bob Bielinski 109 59.24% 1/23 Mike Basil 75 40.76% 1/23
Two candidates — Bob Bielinski and Mike Basil — are running for the position of Wilmette Village President. Both candidates are current Village Trustees.
Basil has been a Village Trustee for six years, which he believes is a significant advantage of Bielinski's one year of experience.
"[I've had] 6 years of experience as a Trustee and many significant accomplishments that have improved our town, all of which show I am ready to be Village President," Basil said in his Patch questionnaire. "Bob had just 1 year and 5 months experience as a Trustee when he decided he was ready to be Village President. This experience gap is not just a minor difference, as every Village President in the last 30+ years has had 6 or more years of experience in Village government before running for Village President.
Bielinski, on the other hand, believes that his financial expertise makes him the right leader for Wilmette.
"Because the primary challenges facing municipalities today are financial in nature, my financial expertise makes me the right leader for the times for Wilmette," he said in a Patch questionnaire. "In addition, my experience as an executive of retail and restaurant companies makes me well suited to champion downtown development efforts."