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  • Winfield Township asks for voter approval to negotiate electric rates Feb 12, 2014 5:06 PM
    Residents of unincorporated Winfield Township have an opportunity this spring to give officials permission to negotiate better electric rates on their behalf. Winfield Township Supervisor Dona Smith said the board agreed to put the electric aggregation question on the March 18 ballot after hearing requests to do so from residents.

  • Latest pool push has Lake Park officials 'very optimistic' Feb 10, 2014 5:59 PM
    Lake Park High School swimming and diving coach Dan Witteveen has been wishing for a pool at the Roselle school for 17 years. Attempts to build an indoor swimming pool have failed over and over again during that time, but as the March 18 primary election approaches, Witteveen and other school officials say they are “very optimistic” the wait soon could be over.

  • Glenbard Dist. 87 seeking taxpayer support for facilities plan Feb 7, 2014 5:23 PM
    Glenbard High School District 87 is asking taxpayers for approval to borrow $35 million to help fund $100 million in facilities repairs and improvements. Voters will see the referendum question on the March 18 primary ballot.

  • Winfield referendum asks for another local sales tax increase Feb 6, 2014 3:36 PM
    Last April, about 53 percent of Winfield voters approved increasing the local sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent to help pay for road repairs. Village officials say the extra 0.25 percent is bringing in about $75,000 in revenue annually. On March 18, voters will decide whether to raise the tax by another 0.25 percent, bringing the total local sales tax to 7.75 percent.

  • Brainerd tax hike proposal draws a skeptical crowd Feb 4, 2014 1:17 PM
    Voters who will decide whether to support a tax hike to convert the former Libertyville High School to a community center were mostly skeptical in the first town hall meeting on the matter. “There's no evident need,” said Jim Engdahl, who owns property in the downtown area. “If I was a farmer, I would say this deal was a pig in a poke.”

  • Libertyville voters get more info on Brainerd plan Jan 22, 2014 5:41 AM
    Libertyville voters who will decide whether to hike taxes to convert a vacant school into a community center have a bounty of information to use in making their decision. Nearly the entire edition of the most recent village newsletter is devoted to the proposal being pursued by Brainerd Community Center Inc. “There are a lot of people with misinformation still. I want to make sure (that) gets cleaned up,” Mayor Terry Weppler said.

  • Tax increase for road repairs on Fox Lake ballot Jan 17, 2014 10:46 PM
    Fox Lake voters will decide in the March 18 primary whether to raise taxes to improve local roads. The village board agreed Nov. 12 to put a referendum on the ballot that asks voters whether the village should issue $6 million in bonds to repair 23 miles of roads.

  • Looking ahead to 2014 in Lake County Jan 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Budgets have not been as tight as the economy continues to loosen, and projects of varying degrees are pending or proposed in several Lake County communities. Voters will have a say on local and state candidates in 2014 and some tax hike questions will be on the ballot as well. Those are among the items to watch in the coming year.

  • Voters to decide Round Lake High School expansion, building improvement plan Dec 19, 2013 5:30 AM
    Voters will decide if Round Lake Area Unit District 116 should borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and a variety of building improvements. By a 7-0 vote, District 116 board members this week passed a resolution authorizing placement of the borrowing question on the March 18 ballot. That day’s election also will feature primaries for state and Lake County offices.

  • New twists in plan to convert former Libertyville High Dec 15, 2013 7:34 AM
    Libertyville voters will be asked in March whether they would approve a tax hike to pay for up to $11.5 million in bonds to be issued by the village to rehab the former Libertyville High School into a community center. The project includes a higher estimated price and aspects that are different from what originally was envisioned. “There could be some pushback from seniors and the Civic Center board.” Mayor Terry Weppler said.

  • Term limit supporters halfway to 2014 ballot Nov 21, 2013 3:47 PM
    A group pushing to establish term limits for Illinois lawmakers said Thursday it’s more than halfway to its goal of putting the measure on the 2014 ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits announced it has gathered more than 150,000 of the nearly 300,000 petition signatures needed.

  • Long Grove to ask for property tax March 18 Nov 13, 2013 5:32 AM
    Long Grove residents will have an opportunity March 18 to decide whether a more rigorous road maintenance program is worth paying for after some neighborhood streets have been privatized. With Village President Angie Underwood’s tiebreaking vote, trustee Tuesday narrowly put a referendum on the primary ballot seeking revenue for up to 10 years to make up an annual $1.7 million shortfall for roads.

  • Huntley parks might put $20 million question to voters Oct 1, 2013 9:23 AM
    How much would Huntley Park District taxpayers pay to play indoor sports and swim in a competitive pool? That's the $20 million question that may be on the March ballot. The park board will decide whether to place the question on the ballot at its Nov. 21 meeting, an official said.

  • Arlington Heights resident wants term limits on 2014 ballot Aug 13, 2013 6:23 PM
    An Arlington Heights resident who has battled with the village before isn’t giving up his quest to get a referendum on term limits for elected officials on the ballot. Bill Gnech said he hopes to have the question before voters during either the primary or general election in 2014.

  • Bartlett residents reject electrical aggregation Apr 11, 2013 5:06 PM
    After voting it down a year ago, Bartlett residents for the second time rejected a plan for the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd. With all 37 precincts reporting in Cook, Kane and DuPage counties - Kane County precinct results added early Wednesday morning - only 1,674 Bartlett voters said “yes” to aggregation Tuesday night, and 4,178 said no, according to unofficial totals.

  • Ela, Palatine township voters approve electrical aggregation Apr 10, 2013 6:36 PM
    Voters in unincorporated Ela and Palatine townships loved the idea of getting cheaper electricty, supporting ballot questions asking if they wanted an electrical aggregation program.

  • Lake County voters approve electrical aggregation Apr 9, 2013 9:39 PM
    Lake County voters approved all eight electrical aggregation ballot questions posed to them during Tuesday’s election. Unofficial results show voters in five municipalities and three townships approved the measures that allow residents to choose different electricity suppliers than ComEd through a series of public hearings and bidding processes.

  • District 200 voters reject early childhood center Apr 9, 2013 11:40 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed tax increase to finance a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center. With all precincts reporting, unofficial totals show 59 percent of voters opposed the measure that would have allowed the district to borrow $17.6 million to fund construction of a new Jefferson in Wheaton.

  • No new school for Butler Dist. 53 in Oak Brook Apr 9, 2013 11:00 PM
    Oak Brook voters on Tuesday rejected two measures that could have resulted in a new school for Butler District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. Villagewide, voters rejected selling the land for the school as district voters opposed borrowing $15 million for construction.

  • Voters sink Lake Park pool plan Apr 10, 2013 2:54 PM
    An attempt to build an indoor swimming pool at Lake Park High School once again has been sunk by voters. With all 45 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show 4,329 votes against and 3,698 votes in favor of the proposal to borrow $8 million to build the facility at the Roselle school’s east campus.

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