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  • Voters were asked Tuesday for more tax money to operate the Sugar Grove Public Library, but the proposal was rejected.

    ‘No’ to more taxes for Sugar Grove LibraryMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Glenbard High School District 87 is asking voters to approve borrowing $35 million as part of a $100 million facilities plan to improve its four high schools, including 88-year-old Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn.

    Glenbard voters leaning in favor of borrowing planMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Voters on Tuesday rejected a tax hike proposal from the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District. Officials say they need the additional revenue because of declining property values and increasing calls for service. The results will have them in search of other revenue opportunities.

    Voters reject Palatine Rural Fire tax hikeMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Voters rejected Round Lake Area Unit District 116’s request to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations.

    Voters reject Dist. 116’s request to borrow for high schoolMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Electricity aggregation was on the ballot Tuesday for voters in unincorporated Winfield Township.

    Winfield voters wait for results on sales tax increaseMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Renderings of the Brainerd Community Center in Libertyville.

    Brainerd proposal overwhelmingly rejected by Libertyville votersMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Voters in Lake Park High School District 108 will decide Tuesday whether to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at Lake Park High School's east campus by fall 2015.

    DuPage County ballot features facility questionsMar 17, 2014 12:00 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.

     
  • Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh are Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat.

    8th District primary among suburbs’ hottest racesMar 16, 2014 12:00 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.

     
  • This photo of DeKalb Park District’s indoor, artificial turf facility illustrates what Huntley Park District would like to build if voters approve the $18 million request on Tuesday’s ballot.

    Fox Valley voters to decide four referendums TuesdayMar 16, 2014 12:00 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.

     
  • Tax implications abound on Kane County primary ballotsMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several decisions that may have direct impacts on voters' pocketbooks await on Tuesday's ballot in Kane County.

     
  • Bob Bednar, left, and incumbent Ed Sullivan Jr. are running in Tuesday’s Republican primary for House District 51.

    Some juicy Election Day action to watch in Lake CountyMar 16, 2014 12:00 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.

     
  • Long Grove, don’t be fooled by letterMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter the editor: Lisa Schultz Phillips says Long Grove's reasons for proposing a small road tax don't add up.

     
  • Vote no on road tax in Long GroveMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Marica Marshall of Long Grove United urges fellow residents in Long Grove to vote "no" on the roads tax Tuesday. "In our opinion, Long Grove is fiscally sound with $4.2 million in reserves in the bank," she writes.

     
  • Lake Park High School District 108 is asking voters to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at the school’s east campus by August 2015. Two ballot questions ask if voters will support a proposal to borrow $8.5 million to build the pool and a tax rate increase to bring in an additional $390,000 a year to operate it.

    Lake Park voters weighing pool questions on March ballotMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Voters in Lake Park High School District 108 will decide Tuesday whether the latest effort to build an indoor aquatic center at the Roselle school will be successful. Two referendum questions on the March 18 ballot ask if voters will support a proposal to borrow $8.5 million to build the pool and a tax rate increase to provide $390,000 a year to operate it. As Election Day nears, pool plans are drawing both supporters and skeptics.

     
  • This photo of DeKalb Park District’s indoor, artificial turf facility illustrates what Huntley Park District would like to build, if voters approve the $18 million referendum question next week.

    Forum set on Huntley Park District referendumMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Huntley Park District officials are conducting an informational forum Tuesday on the March 18 ballot question seeking voter approval to borrow $18.75 million to build an indoor, artificial turf facility, and possibly buy and develop more land or upgrade existing park facilities. The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the park district’s Rec Center, 12015 Mill St.

     
  • Kane County disability tax proposal still seeing oppositionMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Advocates of a new tax that would provide up to $13 million for Kane County residents with development disabilities are trying to educate the public about exactly how the new tax would work. But just the idea of any additional property tax burden has been enough for the referendum to gain at least one notable opponent.

     
  • Another forum on Brainerd proposal:Mar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Opponents of a proposal to convert the shuttered former Libertyville High School into a community center will host a town-hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

     
  • Rendering of the proposed Brainerd Coummunity Center in Libertyville.

    Proposed community center plans in Libertyvile heat upMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Give and take is expected Thursday at the third and final town hall meeting on a proposal to create a community center in Libertyville. Voters will be asked on March 18 to authorize the village to borrow up to $11.5 million through bonding to convert the shuttered former Libertyville High School.

     
  • Long Grove officials want to charge the first property tax in the village's history to pay for repairs to deteriorating roads.

    Long Grove's proposed property tax facing bumpy roadMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Long Grove finds itself in a tough spot: It doesn't have enough revenue to pay for deteriorating roads, leaders say. Trustees have decided to bite the bullet and seek voter approval March 18 to charge the first property tax in the village's nearly 60-year-old history. “It's a hot button for everyone in the community, but it's a much bigger picture than just the roads,” said opponent Marcia Marshall.

     
  • District 116 forum Tuesday:Mar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will host a forum Tuesday related to a ballot iniaitive seeking permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations to the current structure.

     
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