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Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – When suburban voters head to the polls Tuesday, many will have a decision to make between the old and the new.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Julie Mann reports, a handful of incumbent mayors face election challenges, among them the longtime mayors of Schaumburg and Naperville.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Julie Mann reports

In Schaumburg, incumbent Mayor Al Larson is being challenged by Brian Costin. In Naperville, 16-year veteran Mayor George Pradel faces a challenge by city councilmen Doug Krause and Kenn Miller.

Elgin Mayor Ed Schock is being challenged by opponent Dave Kaptain. Community leaders in Oak Brook, Countryside, Country Club Hills, Wheaton, Darien, Harvey, Forest Park, Prospect Heights, Carol Stream and Park Forest.

There is also a heated mayoral race in Chicago Heights, Mayor Vincent Zaranti, who was appointed after the sudden death of Mayor Alex Lopez last year, has decided not to run for a full term.

Instead, Joe Faso and David Gonzalez are fighting for the seat. In the course of the campaign, Gonzalez has sued Faso unsuccessfully to stop an ad accusing Gonzalez’s brother, Albert Gonzalez, of selling cocaine out of David Gonzalez’s accounting firm, Gonzalez & Associates PC, 2617 Chicago Road, South Chicago Heights.

In Rolling Meadows, Tom Rooney and Jonathan Trapani are vying to replace Mayor Kenneth Nelson, who is stepping aside because of term limits.

Voters will also be electing new mayors in Highland Park, University Park and Joliet.

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