Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly's win in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress was not the only contest Chicago-area voters considered at the polls on Tuesday.
A number of area suburbs held mayoral, aldermanic and other contests, including Romeoville, where ex-Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael was aiming to defeat incumbent mayor John Noak.
McMichael received 39 percent of the vote but lost to Noak, though the Chicago Tribune reports he hasn't ruled out giving it another go in four years.
Another suburban candidate in the Tuesday election with a local football connection was more successful. Casey Urlacher, ex-Bears star Brian Urlacher's 33-year-old brother, was elected mayor of Mettawa, a tiny suburb in Lake County.
In Oak Lawn, Sandra Bury was elected in an upset over two-term incumbent mayor Dave Heilmann. Bury will be Oak Lawn's first female mayor.
In Dixmoor, where a mother and son were squaring off in their bids for town president of Dixmoor, neither was successful. Dorothy Armstrong won the race with more than 45 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, both Wendy Casey and Randall Casey received less than 10 percent of the vote.
In Villa Park, Deborah Bullwinkel defeated John Heidelmeier for village president. Heidelmeier's campaign had been sidelined when scandalous photos of the candidate surfaced on a sex website.
In another high-profile race, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. was elected to a third term despite facing a rare challenge from independent candidate Charles January amid a series of controversies pertaining to the village's police department.