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  • Prospect Hts. clerk and treasurer could be appointed Jul 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Prospect Heights City Council has voted to put referendums on the Nov. 14 ballot where voters will decide if the city clerk and city treasurer positions should be appointed rather than elected. Mayor Nick Helmer says the change would save money.

     
  • Voters may decide on Wauconda Community Center expansion Jul 28, 2014 5:18 AM
    A $4.75 million expansion plan could nearly double the size of the Wauconda Community Center — but it would first need voter approval. The Wauconda Park District’s proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old building in Cook Park.

     
  • Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws Jul 24, 2014 2:22 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has thrown his support behind a Cook County ballot measure that asks voters to weigh in on Illinois gun laws. The Democrat called on county residents Thursday to support tougher gun laws through what he called “the power of the ballot box.”

     
  • Home-rule push in Barrington raises questions Jul 21, 2014 5:23 AM
    Barrington leaders are discussing whether to ask voters in November to grant the village home rule authorities. But before residents answer that question, many first will be asking themselves “What is home rule, anyway?” Here are some answers to common questions about home rule.

     
  • Court OKs expedited appeal of term limits case Jul 21, 2014 5:32 PM
    An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday.

     
  • Judge rejects referendums on term limits, remap Jun 27, 2014 5:20 PM
    Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on term limits for legislators and a new political redistricting process can’t appear on November’s ballot, a Cook County judge ruled Friday. Attorneys for the term limits group vowed to appeal, while the redistricting group announced it would scrap efforts for 2014.

     
  • Barrington to consider referendum on home rule Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    This fall, Barrington residents may be asked whether or not their village should become a home-rule community, which officials say would allow the local government to be exempt from some legislation approved by the state government. “Those home-rule communities then are free to not follow that legislation and act otherwise,” Village President Karen Darch said.

     
  • Term limit, political map lawsuit unfolds in court Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM
    The decision of whether two November ballot measures dealing with term limits and redistricting are constitutional is in the hands of a Cook County judge. Oral arguments were heard Wednesday in Chicago in a lawsuit attempting to keep both measures off the ballot.

     
  • Election officials vote on 2 ballot items Jun 17, 2014 8:12 PM
    A measure calling for lawmaker term limits is all but ready for the November ballot, elections officials decided Tuesday as they also reluctantly agreed to give backers of an initiative changing how Illinois draws political boundaries more time to validate signatures.

     
  • GOP wants more time for redistricting signatures Jun 11, 2014 5:51 PM
    Top Illinois Republicans are requesting that the State Board of Elections grant an extension to a group gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers.

     
  • Term limits petition likely has enough signatures Jun 2, 2014 6:06 PM
    Illinois election officials say the group that wants to impose an eight-year term limit on state legislators appears to have enough petition signatures to let voters decide the issue in November — but the proposed constitutional change campaign led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner still has several challenges before it’s put on the ballot.

     
  • Not enough signatures for redistricting referendum May 21, 2014 6:07 PM
    The group that wants to take the politically powerful process of drawing election maps away from Illinois lawmakers is facing more challenges after election authorities found that a majority of petition signatures needed to put the question to voters were invalid.

     
  • First court hearing on ballot initiatives lawsuit May 5, 2014 4:24 PM
    Attorneys involved in a lawsuit aiming to block term limit and political redistricting initiatives from the ballot made an initial court appearance Monday, the first step in a case that could affect voter turnout in November.

     
  • Half a million Illinois voters seek end to gerrymandering May 1, 2014 6:38 PM
    With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot. A group called “Yes for Independent Maps” submitted more than half a million signatures to the state Board of Elections.

     
  • Rauner: Term limits push gets 590,000 signatures Apr 30, 2014 5:28 PM
    GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has more than 590,000 signatures in support of a ballot measure that would ask voters whether term limits should be introduced for legislators. He’s confident voters will approve.

     
  • Madigan ally files lawsuit to stop vote on term limits Apr 30, 2014 9:30 PM
    Hours before petitions were delivered to the State Board of Elections, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s top attorney filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a term limits ballot measure championed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner from being put to voters in November.

     
  • Gail Borden library plans November referendum Apr 27, 2014 8:06 AM
    People who live in unserved areas next to the Gail Borden Public Library District’s western border can expect to be asked in November if they want to annex and become taxpaying members of the district. The library’s board of trustees is working on placing a referendum question on the Nov. 4 election ballot. The results would affect an estimated 870 unserved households, mostly in Elgin, some in Campton Hills, and a few with mailing addresses in St. Charles, Plato Center and Plato Township.

     
  • Brainerd opposition group donates remaining funds to food pantry Apr 23, 2014 12:33 PM
    The group that successfully opposed a recent ballot question regarding the conversion of the former Libertyville High School into a community center has donated its remaining funds to a local food pantry.

     
  • Voter rights amendment to appear on ballot Apr 10, 2014 6:11 PM
    Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression. The state Senate voted 52-0 Thursday to approve the idea brought forth by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

     
  • Huntley parks officials return to drawing board on expansion Apr 1, 2014 3:20 PM
    Huntley Park District officials will be taking a fresh look at future expansion plans after voters soundly rejected the district’s roughly $18 million request to build an indoor, artificial turf facility. With not enough money to go it alone on such an expansion, officials have dropped the idea altogether, for now, Executive Director Thom Palmer said. “Without funding, it doesn’t get built."

     
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