Donald Trump may have won the White House, but voters in Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside – along with most Illinoisans – turned away from the Republican Party candidate in droves.
The 2016 presidential election marked the fourth straight where the three villages voted Democratic, voting overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and again for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“I think from the perspective of someone who lives in town, I’m seeing a continuous influx of young families,” said Illinois state Rep. Michael Zalewski, who lives in Riverside and serves as the Democratic Party’s committeeman for Riverside Township.
“That’s positive from a governmental perspective in that Riverside and Brookfield continue to be the place to go,” Zalewski added. “And that makes the demographics more likely to be Democratic.”
Clinton won every precinct in all three villages. In Brookfield, Clinton garnered 60 percent of the vote for U.S. president, while Trump got 31 percent. Those results were almost identical in Riverside, which voted for Clinton by a margin of 59.8 to 31 percent.
Clinton fared better in Riverside in 2016 than Obama did in both 2008 and 2012, when he got 58.1 and 53.4 percent of the vote, respectively. In Brookfield, Clinton fared a little worse in 2016 than Obama did in both 2008 and 2012, when he received more than 60 percent of the vote.
North Riverside voters went strong for Clinton as well, with 58.6 voting for her and 33.5 percent voting for Trump. But Clinton’s showing in North Riverside, as in Brookfield, was slightly weaker than Obama’s in both 2008 and 2012.
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein each received less than 5 percent of the vote in all three villages. Johnson’s best showing was in Riverside (4.8 percent) while Stein garnered 2.2 percent of the vote in both North Riverside and Brookfield.
The one Riverside Township precinct in Brookfield is where Johnson fared best in Brookfield, getting 8.1 percent of the vote. Clinton in that precinct took 56.8 percent while Trump got 29.8 percent, the lowest township totals in Brookfield for both Trump and Clinton.
If there was any place that could have been considered Trump country on Election Day it was in Riverside Township Precinct 6, which includes much of the eastern part of North Riverside between the North Riverside Park Mall and Desplaines Avenue. There, Trump wound up with 40.3 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 51.1 percent.
Trump was also strong-ish in Riverside Township Precinct 7, which is bounded by First Avenue and 9th Avenue between Cermak Road and 26th Street in North Riverside. The Republican garnered 38.6 percent of the vote there to Clinton’s 54 percent.
In Riverside Lawn, which is Riverside Township Precinct 2, Trump got 42.3 percent of the 85 ballots cast. Clinton got 51.7 percent. Voter turnout in Riverside Lawn was particularly low, at 49 percent.
Elsewhere, voter turnout was much higher. In Riverside, 77 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the election, while 75 percent cast ballots in Brookfield. North Riverside had a 72 percent voter turnout, according to the unofficial results of the election published by the Cook County Clerk as of Nov. 11.
The vote totals will change slightly when all of the absentee and provisional ballots are counted and added to the Election Day numbers.