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March 03, 2009

Quigley wins primary for Rahm seat

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley is the winner in the crowded special election primary for Rahm Emanuel’s former House seat. 

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Quigley is leading with 22 percent of the vote. His closest competitor, state Rep. John Fritchey, lags behind with 18 percent of the vote and has already conceded. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is in third, also with 17 percent.

The AP has called the race for Quigley.

During the campaign, Quigley touted his record of reform on the Cook County Commission, fighting tax increases and waste in county government. He was aided by glowing endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, which cited his efforts against the board’s unpopular president, Todd Stroger.

Quigley will be heavily favored for the special general election, which will be held on April 7.