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  • 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."

  • Early votes say ‘no’ to Lake Park pool Mar 18, 2014 8:42 PM
    Early indications show voters are on their way to again rejecting an indoor aquatic center at Lake Park High School. Based on early voting totals, roughly 60 percent of voters are saying “no” to a borrowing proposal and a tax rate increase to fund pool construction and operation.

  • Brainerd proposal overwhelmingly rejected by Libertyville voters Mar 18, 2014 11:02 PM
    Voters in Libertyville overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike to convert the nearly century-old Brainerd building into a community center. With all 17 precincts reporting, 4,086 voters were against and only 881 in favor of authorizing the village to issue up to $11.5 million in bonds for the project.

  • ‘No’ to more taxes for Sugar Grove Library Mar 18, 2014 10:12 PM
    For the 13th time in 33 years, Sugar Grove Library District voters refused to increase operating taxes. "It's very disappointing," said library director Carol Dolin. "We really were not lying when we said we could not continue to operate" at the same service level without more money.

  • Voters reject Dist. 116’s request to borrow for high school Mar 18, 2014 9:53 PM
    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 was rejected Tuesday in its request to borrow $29 million for high school expansion and renovation. With all 18 precincts counted, unofficial totals showed 800 against and 657 in favor. Ballot wording for the $29 million borrowing request did not seek approval for a property tax increase and specified the work would be done at Round Lake High School.

  • Voters backing Oakbrook Terrace Fire District loan request Mar 18, 2014 9:42 PM
    Early unofficial totals show Oakbrook Terrace voters appear to be supporting a request from the Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District to borrow $2 million intended to shore up the district’s budget.

  • No to Huntley park loan, yes to Algonquin electric aggregation Mar 18, 2014 10:16 PM
    Support weak for Huntley parks loan; voters say yes to electing McHenry County Board chairman at large and electrical aggregation in Algonquin.

  • Glenbard voters leaning in favor of borrowing plan Mar 18, 2014 9:40 PM
    Voters in Glenbard High School District 87 appear on the verge of letting the district borrow $35 million to help fund facilities work at all four district schools.

  • Winfield voters wait for results on sales tax increase Mar 18, 2014 8:45 PM
    The polls are closed, and voters in Winfield now must wait to see if the local sales tax will be raised to 7.75 percent. Voters in unincorporated Winfield Township also are waiting to hear if officials have been given permission to negotiate electric rates on their behalf.

  • Voters reject road-repair plan in Fox Lake Mar 18, 2014 9:58 PM
    Fox Lake voters on Tuesday rejected a plan to raise taxes for local road repairs. With ballots in all 13 precincts counted late Tuesday, unofficial totals showed 509 voters punched “no” while 444 favored the proposal.

  • Voters reject Palatine Rural Fire tax hike Mar 18, 2014 11:00 PM
    A proposed property tax increase for the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District failed Tuesday by a vote of 611 to 517. Fire district officials asked for the increase to meet expenses in the face of declining property values. Despite voters rejecting the measure, the closeness of the vote cheered Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen. “Asking for a tax increase is difficult,” he said.

  • Long Grove voters reject proposed property tax Mar 18, 2014 10:28 PM
    Long Grove voters on Tuesday handily defeated a measure that would have paved the way for the village’s first property tax. With all eight precincts reporting, unofficial totals show 83 percent of voters opposed the tax and only 17 percent voted in favor of it. “I personally assume that the message is people are just taxed to the limit,” Village President Angie Underwood said.

  • DuPage County ballot features facility questions Mar 17, 2014 5:29 AM
    From a proposed indoor swimming pool at Lake Park High School to a plan to make numerous improvements to Glenbard High School District 87's schools, DuPage County primary voters will be asked Tuesday to weigh in on several ballot questions.

  • Some juicy Election Day action to watch in Lake County Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Some Lake County voters Tuesday will have a meaty primary ballot, including a Republican state representative race with an incumbent who received attention for supporting gay marriage and a measure seeking millions of dollars to save a former high school building.

  • Fox Valley voters to decide four referendums Tuesday Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Come Tuesday, voters in Kane and McHenry counties will decide whether to pay more for the care of developmentally disabled residents, if Huntley needs a new indoor turf facility, whether the McHenry County Board chairman should be selected or elected, and if Algonquin can negotiate for lower electricity rates for its residents.

  • 8th District primary among suburbs’ hottest races Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Eighth Congressional District GOP rivals Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh started their campaigns seeing eye to eye on most every major issue. Distinctions between the two boiled down to their professional backgrounds. But these personal differences quickly escalated into much more. That's among several key races Northwest suburban voters will be deciding in Tuesday's primary.

  • Tax implications abound on Kane County primary ballots Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Several decisions that may have direct impacts on voters' pocketbooks await on Tuesday's ballot in Kane County.

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