Two weeks after Election Day and with the vote counting finally finished, Democrat Mike Frerichs, Coro STL Fellow Alumna (Fellows 1997-1998)  has emerged the winner of Illinois’ closely contested state treasurer’s race.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Republican Tom Cross, the former House Republican leader from Oswego, called Frerichs on Wednesday to concede after totals from local election authorities showed the Democratic state senator from Champaign with a lead that Frerichs estimated was “somewhere around 9,600 votes” out of more than 3.5 million ballots cast.

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