Primary focus: Reporters, photographers look back on last week’s election (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

Here’s the part this reporter contributed:

Not long after Karen McConnaughay gave her acceptance speech, her arms wrapped around her three-year-old granddaughter Abigail, Tuesday night at Emmett’s in West Dundee, the congratulatory calls started coming in.

One the Kane County Board chairwoman, now senator-elect for the newly-formed 33rd Illinois Senate District, received was from U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, still recovering from a January stroke.

McConnaughay didn’t reveal what the senator told her. But to receive a call from him on Election Night was “awesome,” she said, her voice choked with emotion.

“It was the most meaningful call of the evening,” she said.

For the rest of the story, read Primary focus: Reporters, photographers look back on last week’s election (Sun-Times Media).

Photo credit: Brian Powers for Sun-Times Media.

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