Kankakee mayoral winner Chris Curtis

Kankakee Mayor-elect Chris Curtis celebrates his victory over incumbent Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong in Tuesday’s election. A Republican, Curtis claimed 57 percent of the vote.

KANKAKEE — Republican Alderman Chris Curtis has claimed victory over Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong, a Democrat, in today's election.

He offered a speech to supporters gathered at the Knights of Columbus in downtown Kankakee just after 8 p.m. that took a victorious tone and officially claimed victory around 9:30 p.m. 

While the results were not yet reported at 100 percent and official at 9:30 p.m., Kankakee County Clerk Dan Hendrickson said just two precincts were still uncounted. Both those precincts are in Pembroke Township and have no bearing on the Kankakee race. 

As of 9:30 p.m., 4,102 votes were reported on the clerk's website, with Curtis at 2,351 and Wells-Armstrong at 1,751.

Wells-Armstrong is currently serving her first term as mayor of Kankakee.  

During Curtis' speech earlier in the evening, he stressed the need for unity within the city and throughout the region. 

This report will be updated.

Lee Provost, an award-winning reporter, has been writing local news stories for The Daily Journal since 1988. He is a lifelong resident of the region. Provost can be reached at lprovost@daily-journal.com.