Illinois voters on Tuesday elected four openly gay candidates.

Chicago voters gave their approval to James Cappleman, who won a runoff election against Molly Phelan with 55 percent of the vote in a contest to represent the people of Ward 46, which includes portions of Chicago's gay neighborhoods of Boystown and Andersonville. Cappleman was endorsed by the Victory Fund, a bipartisan group that promotes LGBT candidates.

At the group's blog, Cappleman is quoted thanking supporters on election night: “Never believe that you can't change politics as usual. You can, and we have.”

“We're proud James will represent not only his neighborhood but all LGBT people in Chicago,” said Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund. “They've gained another authentic voice on their city council, but more than that, they've gained a real fighter.”

In Springfield, Cory Jobe, an openly gay Republican, won a seat on the city council. He'll represent the folks in Ward 6, Chicago gay weekly Windy City Times reported.

The 37-year-old Jobe is the president of the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association, a group that promotes a healthy business climate, and a University of Illinois at Springfield graduate.

He works in the office of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in the position of deputy chief of staff.

Richard Rykhus captured a seat on the Evanston school board with 81.7 percent of the vote. Rykhus and his husband of six years, Carlos, are raising their six-year-old son, Ty'rith. He's a former executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that works to combat anti-gay behavior and bias in schools to reduce schoolyard bullying of children based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Rykhus will be sworn in on May 2.

According to gay glossy The Advocate, Ray Johnson won reelection to his post as an Oak Park village trustee.