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  • District 116 voters OK bond issue for construction Nov 4, 2014 9:20 PM
    Voters in Round Lake Unit District 116 approved a $29 million bond issue to pay for new classrooms, according to unofficial totals in Tuesday's election. District officials say the added space will ensure students can experience "21st-century learning."

     
  • Grayslake fire district voters OK tax hike Nov 4, 2014 9:51 PM
    Tax hike referendum in Grayslake FPD OK'd with unofficial tallies in all precincts.

     
  • Wauconda voters reject $4.75 million community center expansion Nov 4, 2014 9:41 PM
    A $4.75 million plan to expand the Wauconda Park District’s community center was narrowly rejected by voters Tuesday. With ballots in all 10 precincts counted, unofficial results showed the proposal losing 1,813 to 1,741. “It was very close, and we knew that going in,” said parks Director Nancy Burton.

     
  • Fire, library, borrowing questions on Kane County ballots Nov 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    Referendums in Tri-Cities and central Kane County get to decide questions about fire protection, library service, and whether to borrow money for school facilities' projects. Areas affected are the Batavia school district, the Elburn and Fox River fire protection districts, and the Gail Borden Library District.

     
  • 3 Fox Valley referendums: Gail Borden, Sleepy Hollow, fire district Nov 3, 2014 5:53 PM
    Voters in the Fox Valley will have three referendum questions on Tuesday’s ballot, including one asking if they want to add land on the western edge of the Gail Borden Public Library District. Sleepy Hollow voters will decide whether to approve an 82 percent property tax increase. Voters in and near Wasco and Campton Hills will decide whether to disconnect from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District to join the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

     
  • Lake County voters can decide ballot questions seeking more tax money Nov 3, 2014 9:51 AM
    Some Lake County voters will decide Tuesday if they want to pay more for proposals such as an upgraded recreation center, an expanded high school and public safety operations. In addition, voters will determine if Barrington and Lake Zurich should receive greater municipal powers pertaining to taxes and other issues.

     
  • Glen Ellyn Park District voters to soon decide fate of indoor aquatic center Oct 31, 2014 10:23 AM
    In a few days, Glen Ellyn Park District voters will decide whether to pay $13.5 million to add an indoor aquatic center to the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center. The park district is asking voters in the Nov. 4 election for permission to borrow the money to build a pool facility that officials say would serve swimmers of all ages and ability levels in programs such as parent-tot lessons, aquatic fitness, open swim and competitive swim teams.

     
  • Elburn, Fox River fire officials field ‘emotionally charged’ questions Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    People who attended a forum Wednesday night at Fox River Station 1 in Wasco fell mostly on the side of not disconnecting from the Elburn and Countryside Fire District to join the Fox River and Countryside district, judging by the critical comments directed to Fox River fire officials.

     
  • Batavia football coach criticized over referendum email Oct 30, 2014 7:42 PM
    A Batavia resident has complained to the Kane County clerk about Batavia school district employees, including the varsity football coach, campaigning to get voters to say "yes" to borrowing money to improve sports fields.

     
  • Endorsement: No on Sleepy Hollow tax increase Oct 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends a no vote on Sleepy Hollow's proposal for an 82 percent property tax increase.

     
  • Voters to choose between Elburn, Fox River fire districts Oct 28, 2014 5:48 PM
    Voters in a portion of an Elburn fire protection district get to decide through Nov. 4 whether to join another fire district.

     
  • Blank check fears about home rule unfounded, Lake Zurich leaders say Oct 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    Some fear designating Lake Zurich as a home-rule community would amount to providing a blank check for local officials. Village leaders say that's not the case, but home rule would provide options for needed revenue other than property taxes. Voters will decide Nov. 4.

     
  • Sleepy Hollow voters asked for 82 percent property tax increase Oct 25, 2014 7:50 AM
    Voters in the tiny bedroom community of Sleepy Hollow will decide Nov. 4 whether to approve a property tax increase nearly doubling what homeowners already pay the village. The village is seeking to collect an additional $478,571 yearly from its more than 3,300 inhabitants. If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $310 more in property taxes in 2015. It amount to an 82 percent tax increase that officials say is necessary to meet long-term capital expenses. “In about three to four years, our five-year capital fund will be pretty much depleted,” Village President Stephan Pickett said.

     
  • Judge won’t rush results of Elburn fire district vote Oct 22, 2014 6:44 PM
    A Kane County judge has agreed not to immediately certify results of a Nov. 4 referendum asking if some properties should be allowed to disconnect from the Elburn Fire Protection District. Circuit Judge David Akemann agreed to the delay Monday at the request of the Elburn fire district, which is appealing his Aug. 28 decision to allow the referendum to take place. If voters approve the disconnection, Akemann would be asked to certify the vote and order the disconnection. If voters decide not to, Akemann would have to dismiss the petition, according to a motion filed by the Fox River district, which opposed the stay.

     
  • Endorsement: Why advisory issues don’t deserve recommendation Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says advisory referendums, most of which are offered for political gain rather than actual advice from voters, do not deserve endorsement.

     
  • Endorsement: No on well-meaning but uncertain amendments Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends a no vote on two well-meaning constitutional amendments whose long-term ramifications cannot be known.

     
  • Illinois voters to face a rare 5 ballot questions Oct 20, 2014 10:50 AM
    When Illinois voters cast ballots for the November election, they will have a rare opportunity to weigh in on nearly half a dozen hot-button issues. In a practice more common in California and some other states, Illinoisans will wade through five ballot questions — ranging from constitutional amendments on voter and victim rights to advisory referendums on birth control, the minimum wage and a so-called “millionaires’ tax.”

     
  • Answers to questions on Wauconda parks referendum Oct 19, 2014 6:14 AM
    Wauconda Park District officials know the $4.75 million expansion plan for the village's community center isn't a lock. The community's reaction to the proposal — it would nearly double the size of the facility at 600 N. Main St. — has been lukewarm. The Daily Herald sought answers to important questions about the project. Here's what we asked and what we learned.

     
  • Endorsement: Yes for ambulance service in Antioch, Antioch Township Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends voters in Antioch and Antioch Township vote yes to provide funds for ambulance service.

     
  • Endorsement: Yes to Villa Park roads Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends Villa Park residents vote yes to a tax increase to provide funding for much-need road repairs and maintenance.

     
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