Sente Beats Mathias in 59th House District

Unofficial results show Rep. Carol Sente edged out Rep. Sid Mathias.

Updated 11:50 p.m.

The vote tallies now include early votes and mail-in votes in Lake County. The updated vote counts are in the chart below.

Updated 11 p.m.

With all Election Day votes tallied in Cook and Lake counties, State Rep. Carol Sente celebrated an apparent victory Tuesday night with a crowd of well-wishers.

Unofficial results from the two counties show Sente leading with 55 percent of the vote. She received a total of 14,887 votes to State Rep. Sid Mathias’ 11,940. The results do not include early votes, mail-in votes or provisional votes from Lake County, but Sente said tonight she felt secure enough to declare victory. 

“I expected a very close race,” she said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to win.”

“I’m a little shell-shocked still.”

"I wish I didn’t have the challenger I had because he was a peer of mine and I respect him very much,” Sente added. “I’d rather work with him as a legislator.”

That wasn’t possible after political boundaries were redrawn this year, placing the two incumbents in the same district. Mathias currently serves as state representative in the 53rd District. The redrawn district includes much of the territory that Sente already represented in the old 59th District. 

She said she thought that her accessibility to constituents and their familiarity with her gave her the edge in this race. 

Meeting constituents and hearing their concerns was Sente’s priority as she campaigned, she said. For several months, she spent several hours each day knocking on doors, meeting voters and listening to their ideas. When she suffered a broken foot while campaigning in September, she didn’t let it derail her. For the next five weeks, she worked the phones instead.

As she begins a new term, Sente said her immediate priorities will be continuing her sponsorship of a property tax relief bill and working toward state pension reform. “If no one’s proposing anything, perhaps I’ll propose one of my own,” she said. 

She said she’ll also continue to hold regular coffee shop hours, where constituents can approach her with concerns and ideas.

“A lot of constituents bring their issues to me,” she said, adding that those issues could lead to new bills.

Updated 8:52 p.m.

Carol Sente arrived moments ago to cheers from her supporters. With nearly all precincts counted in Lake and Cook counties, she is ahead in the race. (See vote tallies below.)

Updated 8:30 p.m.

Rep. Carol Sente's supporters are gathering at Cubby Bear in Lincolnshire, where they are waiting for her arrival. Patriotic balloons decorate one table and supporters are wearing red stickers bearing Sente's name.

Buffalo Grove resident Drew Katti is among those waiting to greet Sente. He said he has never meet the representative, but he's been campaigning on her behalf this season.

"I got to know her from people coming to my door and campaigning," he said. "I learned what she had to say and I started campaigning for her. I like her bio-energy policies and I like her strategy in terms of keeping bio-technology in the Northern Illinois area."

Updated 8 p.m.

Rep. Sid Mathias's supporters are filling a room at The Forge in Vernon Hills, but the candidate has not yet arrived. 

Supporters include local leaders, including Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman, as well as long-time friends of the Mathias family.

"Sid has been a great representative and we certainly need his leadership down in Springfield and in our community," said Buffalo Grove resident Bruce Darin. "He's a big supporter of our schools and our transit system. Those are all things that are important and he's done a nice job."

Dr. Herb Kanter said Mathias brings a bi-partisan voice to Springfield.

"We need someone to oppose Mike Madigan," he said. "The state is going to be bankrupt and we need some bi-partisan politicians."


New political boundaries have placed two incumbent state representatives in the same district this year.

State Rep. Sid Mathias (R-Buffalo Grove), who has served the 53rd District since 1999, faces State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) in the Nov. 6 election.

The new 59th District includes parts of Buffalo Grove, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Indian Creek, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Mundelein, Park City, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and Wheeling.

The polls close at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Check back here for updated vote counts from Lake and Cook counties throughout the night.

Candidate County Votes Received Precincts Reporting Sid Mathias Cook 1,357 7/7 Sid Mathias Lake 15,617 56/56 Total Lake and Cook 16,974 63/63 Carol Sente Cook 2,401 7/7 Carol Sente Lake 19,332 56/56 Total Lake and Cook 21,733 63/63

Last updated: 11:50 p.m. Results do not include provisional votes or late-arriving mail-in votes in Lake County.



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Read Patch's past coverage of the 59th District race, as well as opinions from voters.

RELENTLESSCRITIC November 07, 2012 at 04:37 AM
If Mathias would have reacted faster when I started calling him out in July to provide clarity about his support for Lisa Stone, he might have gotten re-elected. But he cowered for so long that people got irritated by his silence and he couldn't recover from it, even after he finally made his statement distancincing himself from Stone. Too little, too late. That's what he gets for remaining silent while Stone ran amok as a trustee and then as a "community activist" after she was chased out of office. He could have withdrawn support for her three years ago after she proved to be obnoxious and inept shortly after her election. Instead, he just stuck his head in the sand on the issue and never said a word as his candidate created chaos on the BG village board. BG voters will never forgive him for that, as the election results indicate. His political career is just one more piece of collateral damage created by Stone's reign of terror as trustee.
NotWastingTime November 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Congratulations Carol! RC- I agree with you. Sid might have had my wife and my votes had he distanced himself sooner
Funny that the 'community activist' got their opinion about Braiman's losing in right away but no comments here about the person she supported and 'allegedly' got elected in the first place.
Lisa Stone November 07, 2012 at 03:02 PM
In my opinion, Mathias lost because he caved weeks ago just after "Stone/Mathias" fliers were put in mailboxes of Sid & I, which caused Sid to abandon his stance with me, apparently regarding my Lake County-Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water & The Clean Water Act. He stood strong during my Recall but clearly the threat of losing his seat & power to Carol Sente seems to have altered his once good judgement & backbone. Given that my campaign skills & intense work ethic won him his State Rep seat in 1999, unseating multi term incumbent Salvi, I knew that when he cut ties with me weeks ago that he'd lose this election. Sid thanked me publicly for what I did for him in 1999, and Rita told everyone that I got her husband elected for many years to the point that I actually told her to stop as it made Sid look unworthy. The bought me a Waterford crystal Menorah in 1999 for unseating Salvi for them. Everyone knows how hard I worked for Sid in 1999 after he broke the legendary tied vote for my Pit Bull/Rottweiler BSL legislation, which mandated my "Stone Ordinance". So, cutting ties with me the public’s trust which he once had, because of me. You and your Fiefdom got to him with those fliers & it appears that the pols in BG that stood against me are dealing with Karma, as I am an honest dissenting voice, as politics and deceit rub me wrong.
Lisa Stone November 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
(con't) I stand for people and Robert's Rules of Order shouldn't trump or block truth & as history demonstrates, I didn't let it get in my way, and found creative ways to speak out when the Buffalo Grove Board did everything they could to silence my honest voice. I wouldn't allow their rules to get in my way of alerting our citizens to what their Government was truly all about. I chose the people over power, as I too could have looked the other way, but instead studied for approximately 2.5 years, 18 hours per day to explore what I discovered in early 2010 on the Landfill and Water which resulted in my Recall. No regrets. The truth is powerful and I stood & stand for truth & transparency in government. It was clear that the BG Board would Recall me and I chose my own destiny and am quite proud for standing strong against corruption of government & humanity. I have zero tolerance for hurting people as I've demonstrated to the best of my ability. I am testifying on Water in the South Suburbs for others that need my help too. It's sad what power does to people but once you take an Oath to Government, you must show up for the people, and I did.
RELENTLESSCRITIC November 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Sorry- 9000 voters clearly told you that you couldn't re-write the rules of government to suit your own needs. You weren't elected to re-write the constitution or do whatever you wanted whenever you wanted, regardless of the rules, policies and standards of government. Your were elected trustee, not queen, although you sure acted like one. When your rogue behavior, ineptitude, ignorance and lack of social skills were layered on top of that, it became evident that you were not fit to serve the residents of BG, and 9000 voters sent you packing. Most clear thinking indiviuals wouldn't brag about being the first elected official in Illinois to be kicked out of office, but for some inexplicable reason, you do. Hard to understand how you can have 9000 voters tell you that you suck and they don't want you representing them and still think you were right and did a great job. You can wear your recall as a badge of honor and blame the other board members for it, but 9000 voters told you with absolute clarity that YOU were the problem and they wanted you OUT of their government. Unfortunately, your huge ego and astounding lack of self-awareness won't permit you to see that. But I'm happy to keep reminding you, as long as you continue to disrupt BG village government and waste our tax dollars on your personal issue and agendas. Always glad to have the sun shining around the truth, isn't it?
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RELENTLESSCRITIC November 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
GHEMROAR- Gee, so many options to choose from. But let's not play armchair psychiatrist - we'll leave that to the professionals. Now, if you want to discuss things we ARE qualified to discuss, like ineptitude and obnoxious behavior, I'm game for that.
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Janet Sirabian November 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
It is amazing that you still do not realize that Mathias did not "unseat a multi-term incumbent", since his opponent did not hold public office. Or maybe you are just lying and believe that if you repeat something enough, it becomes a fact. Also, FYI, there is not and never has been a "Stone Ordinance". Again, is it a lie or just hoping that consistently repeating it will make it come true?
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J November 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It has been my experience and general observation that Carol Sente got out and spent time and effort being with 'the people' and was working for 'the people' and supported 'the people'. She has been very visible and approachable since she took over after Kathy Ryg. I cannot remember any encounters with Sid Mathias other than when he was attending the B.G. Fun w/food. The Stone vs. Mathias travesty did not cause his demise. The general area looks to be more Democrat than Republican right now. I also suspected that that Sid Mathias was in trouble since my mailbox was regularly stocked with his fliers...the most of any of the politiians running in the area.
J November 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Congratuations Carol Sente!
RELENTLESSCRITIC November 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
J- I agree with your observations about Sente, with the exception of Stone's influence on the election. Those of us that live in Buffalo Grove will never forgive Mathias for not pulling his endorsement of her as soon as she started breaking bad as a Trustee. He remained silent as she caused untold chaos on the BG board, as well as during her entire recall. Even after she was ousted and continued her disruptions as a "community activist", Mathias still never said a word. He finally made a statement withdrawing his support and denouncing her methods MONTHS after I started calling him out on it on the Patch and in other places, and then some members of the board and other citizens did likewise. By then it was too little to late- he had become inextricably linked to her and BG voters made him pay the price. He had plenty of opportunity to try to undo his mistake of endorsing her candidacy (and being her campaign chairman), but he tried to hide from it rather than take responsibility. That weighed very heavily on the minds of many BG voters yesterday.
ed conner November 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Boy, that says it all for Ms. Stone.
Lisa Stone November 10, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Take a look: http://buffalogrove.patch.com/blog_posts/response-to-my-cyber-shadow#pdf-10591662 ;)
Lisa Stone November 10, 2012 at 08:39 AM
See this Post & Press Release in the document section also: http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/lisa-stone-now-it-s-up-to-you
Lisa Stone November 10, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Who are we? The Lake County-Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water & The Clean Water Act, which I founded with Brenda Weis per Kurth Lampe's direction: http://buffalogrove.patch.com/blog_posts/meet-the-citizens-who-are-part-of-my-very-small-coalition-for-safe-drinking-water-and-the-clean-water-act
RELENTLESSCRITIC November 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Yawn. Total waste of time. No one cares about your worthless coalition, and your shameless self-promotion and hucksterism are really lame. Shouldn't your friends at Kurth Lampe be doing a better job helping you promote yourself? Or are you getting what you pay for with their services?


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