Lamb, Lambert, O'Rourke win Plainfield seats -- if vote count holds

Brock A. Stein | 4/8/2015, 1 p.m.
The narrow vote difference between the top four candidates could shift after provisional ballots are counted.
Plainfield Village Hall


Bill Lamb


Edward O'Rourke


Michael Lambert

Longtime Plainfield Village Board Trustee Bill Lamb snagged a third term Tuesday night, and will be joined on the board by newcomers Edward O'Rourke and Michael Lambert -- if the vote counts hold after provisional ballots are counted.

The three men topped a candidate pool of six vying to represent a town that's partially in Will County and partially in Kendall.

In the end, Lamb was the top vote-getter, receiving a total of 763 ballots. He was followed by O'Rourke, who received 757, and Lambert, with 740.

Only three votes separated Lambert from Brian "Wojo" Wojowski, who netted 737 votes, followed by Mark Allan Chmura, with 579, and John Gregory Green, with 443.

With the thin margins separating the winners, O’Rourke was tempering the excitement over his second place finish until all the provisional ballots had been counted.

Provided that those votes show he still won a seat, O’Rourke said he was “very excited” and “thankful” for the support from his family, friends and community.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to make a positive difference,” he said. “It was a very tight race which shows that every vote counts.”

Despite his loss, Green said he planned to continue to serve the people of the village as a member of the Plainfield Plan Commission. He congratulated the winners.

“I wish them the best of luck,” Green said.