Illinois Election Results 2018

Suburban Cook County Election Results 2018

Ballot questions in suburban Cook County include questions about the former soda tax, video gambling and firearm storage."

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Suburban Questions

Village of Barrington Commuter Parking

Should the Village of Barrington provide a preference to Village residents at specific locations in the Village's commuter parking lots which are used by residents of other communities?

Village of Barrington Renewable Energy

Should the Village of Barrington consider the use of renewable energy sources in any future projects if that does not increase the cost of the project by more than ten percent (10%)?

Village of Barrington Sales Tax

Shall the Corporate Authorities of the Village of Barrington be authorized to impose a Municipal Retailer's Occupation Tax and a Municipal Service Occupation Tax (which together are commonly referred to as "municipal sales tax") within the Village in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.1, 5/8-11-1.2, 5/8-11-1.3, and 5/8-11-1.4, at a rate of 1% for expenditures on public infrastructure and/or for property tax relief?" 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.2 defines "public infrastructure" as: municipal roads and streets, access roads, bridges, and sidewalks; waste disposal systems; and water and sewer line extensions, water distribution and purification facilities, storm water drainage and retention facilities, and sewage treatment facilities.

Village of Bedford Park Consolidation

Shall the Village of Bedford Park, Cook County, Illinois, consider the merger and consolidation of the Bedford Park District, Cook County, Illinois through the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement?

Bedford Park Park District Consolidation

Shall the District of Bedford Park, Cook County, Illinois, consider the merger and consolidation of the Village of Bedford Park, Cook County, Illinois through the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement?

Berwyn Township Improved Healthcare

Shall our elected officials take steps to institute a national improved medicare for all health care system, which would be publicly financed but privately delivered; one that covers everyone in the U.S., with comprehensive, high quality care, including free choice of providers and no health care bills?

Village of Broadview Age for Tobacco Purchase

Should the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the State of Illinois be increased from eighteen (18) years of age to twenty-one (21) years of age?

Village of Broadview Fines for Littering

In an effort to keep the Village of Broadview clean, should the Village increase the current fines for littering in the Village of Broadview from the current minimum fine of $50.00 and maximum fine of $750.00 to a minimum fine of $150.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00?

City of Chicago Heights Marijuana Tax

In the event that the recreational use and sale of marijuana is legalized in the State of Illinois, should the City of Chicago Heights appropriate tax or other revenues it received from the sales of marijuana to increase funding for Chicago Heights public schools?

City of Chicago Heights Solar Energy Facility

Should the City of Chicago Heights, Cook County, IL consider the development of a city owned solar powered energy generation facility to sell electrical power to regional energy users?

City of Chicago Heights Household Recycling

Should the City of Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois consider the establishment of an optional household recycling program wherein recycling totes would be provided to participating city households at a cost to the participating household to be negotiated by the City as part of its Garbage Collection Agreement?

Town of Cicero Marijuana Tax

In the event that the recreational use and sale of marijuana is legalized in the State of Illinois, should the Town of Cicero appropriate tax or other revenues it received from the sales of marijuana to increase funding for Cicero public schools?

Town of Cicero Property Tax Exemptions

Should the Town of Cicero request that the Illinois State Legislature, known as the General Assembly, create a homeowner's property tax exemption for longtime homeowners who have resided in their home for ten years or more, with no household income maximum?

Towns of Cicero Fines for Littering

In an effort to Keep Cicero Clean, should the Town of Cicero increase the current fines for littering in the Town of Cicero from the current minimum fine of $50.00 and maximum fine of $250.00 to a minimum fine of $200.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00?

Crawford Countryside Sanitary District - Dissolve District

Shall the Crawford Countryside Sanitary District be dissolved?

School District 21 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Education of Wheeling Community Consolidated School District Number 21, Cook County, Illinois, alter, repair, renovate and equip school buildings and improve the sites thereof, including to provide for secure entrances and other security systems, air conditioning, renovation of instructional spaces to enhance learning and accommodate full day kindergarten, energy efficiency, infrastructure and other capital improvements, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $69,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

High School District 86 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Education of Hinsdale Township High School District Number 86, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, improve the sites of, renovate, alter, repair and equip and replace portions of the Hinsdale Central High School Campus and Hinsdale South High School Campus, including, but not limited to, installing safety and security systems and equipment; making facilities accessible to persons with disabilities; repairing 60-year-old infrastructure; renovating all learning spaces, including classrooms, libraries, and science labs; adding classrooms and facilities for music students and pre-engineering students; expanding and improving the spaces where students receive academic, social, and health support services; and replacing the swimming pool at each high school, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $166,426,514 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

School District 155 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Education of Calumet City School District Number 155, Cook County, Illinois, be authorized to issue bonds in the amount of $23,000,000 for the purpose of paying claims against said School District as provided for by Article 19 (Sections 19-8 to 19-14, inclusive) of the School Code?

Unit School District 205 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District Number 205, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, build and equip two school buildings to replace the Field and Lincoln Elementary School Buildings; build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to improving security, providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facilities, improving energy-efficiency and technology infrastructure and adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten; improve sites; acquire, improve and equip a building for educational purposes and acquire the site thereof and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $168,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

High School District 207 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Education of Maine Township High School District Number 207, Cook County, Illinois, improve the sites of, build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including, without limitation, constructing security improvements, increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, replacing electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, renovating classrooms and labs, improving the Library Media Center and renovating special education spaces, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $195,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

College District 512 Issue Bonds

Shall the Board of Trustees of William Rainey Harper Community College District No. 512, Counties of Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry and State of Illinois, acquire real property, build and equip new buildings, build and equip additions to and alter, equip, repair and renovate existing buildings of the District and issue the bonds of said Community College to an amount not to exceed $180,000,000 for said purposes?

Village of Dolton Nonpartisan Elections

Shall candidates for president, clerk, and trustee of the Village of Dolton be elected at nonpartisan general elections, with no primary elections, beginning with the consolidated general election to be held on April 2, 2019?

Village of Dolton Number of Trustees

Shall the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dolton be comprised of 4 members rather than 6, with all 4 trustees to be elected beginning with the consolidated general election held on April 2, 2019?

Village of Dolton Term Limits

Shall the terms of office of Village Trustee for the Village of Dolton be limited such that no person may serve more than 2 consecutive 4 year terms?

Elk Grove Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Should the Cook County Board of Commissioners reinstate the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance (also known as the Soda Tax) to fill the 82 million dollar deficit in the County's 2019 operating budget?

Elk Grove Rural Fire Prot. District Commissioners

Shall the number of trustees of the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District be decreased from 7 to 5 members?

City of Evanston Real Estate Transfer Tax

Shall the City of Evanston impose a real estate transfer tax increase of forty percent (40%) to establish a new transfer tax rate of seven dollars ($7.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value, or fraction thereof, for sales from $1,500,000.01 up to $5,000,000.00 AND a real estate transfer tax increase of eighty percent (80%) to establish a new transfer tax rate of nine dollars ($9.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value, or fraction thereof, for sales from $5,000,000.01 or more to be paid by the seller of the real estate transferred?" The current rate of the real estate transfer tax is five dollars ($5.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value, or fraction thereof, and the revenue is used for the City's general fund. The revenue from the increase is to be used for the funding of the City's General Operating Fund, with the increase being used for improvements related to public safety, public health, parks and recreation services, street improvements, and other necessary City services.

City of Evanston Preserve Harley Clarke Buildings

Shall the City of Evanston protect from demolition and preserve the landmark Harley Clarke buildings and gardens next to Lighthouse Beach, for use and access as public property, consistent with the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan, at minimal or no cost to Evanston taxpayers?

Village of Flossmoor Parking

Should the Village of Flossmoor consider permitting a Class B truck or van (8,000 pounds or less) or a vehicle with specialty plates of a similar size as a Class B vehicle to park on a residential driveway so long as the vehicle is not used for commercial purposes?

Village of Forest Park Video Gaming

Shall video gaming be prohibited in the Village of Forest Park, Illinois?

Hanover Township Levy Tax

Shall Hanover Township, Cook County, Illinois be authorized to levy a new tax for the sole purpose of providing service programs for youths, as provided for under Article 215 of the Illinois Township Code, and have an additional tax of 0.05% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein extended for such purposes?" (1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $8,581,590.02, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $9,588,818.90. (2) For the 2018 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single-family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $14.81.

Hanover Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Should Cook County reinstate the Sweetened Beverage Tax (the "Soda Tax") to fill the eighty-two million-dollar ($82,000,000.00) deficit in the 2019 operating budget?

Hanover Township Amend State Constitution

Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban the implementation of a statewide one percent (1%) property tax increase?

Hanover Park Park District Increase Limiting Rate

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Hanover Park Park District, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.25% above the limiting rate for levy year 2017 in DuPage County, Illinois and by an additional amount of 0.2505% above the limiting rate for levy year 2017 in Cook County, Illinois, for any purpose of said District and be equal to 0.6115% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?"
1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $1,965,660, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $3,326,941.
2) For the 2018 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $83.33 in DuPage County, Illinois and $74.22 in Cook County, Illinois.
3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).

Village of Hazel Crest Tax Incentive Program

Should Cook County work to create and maintain a tax incentive program that results in lower property tax bills and reduces the tax burden on local property owners and taxpayers?

Trustee, La Grange Highlands Sanitary District

Village of Lemont Home Rule

Shall the Village of Lemont become a home rule unit of government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois?

Lemont Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Should Cook County reinstate the Sweetened Beverage Tax ("Soda Tax") to fill the 82-million-dollar deficit in the 2019 operating budget?

Lemont Township Homeowners Exemptions

Should the State of Illinois increase the residential and senior homeowner exemptions to help reduce property taxes for the residents of Lemont Township?

William Leonard Library Dist Increase Rate

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the William Leonard Public Library District, Cook County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.138% above the limiting rate for any purpose of said Library District for levy year 2017 and be equal to 0.829% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?"
1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $298,500, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $357,825.
2) For the 2018 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $41.
3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).

Lyons Township Climate Control

Shall our elected officials support measures that will acknowledge the serious threat posed by climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a clear, transparent, and effective way?

Maine Township Beverage Tax

Should Cook County reject reinstating the sweetened beverage tax (soda tax)?

Village of Melrose Park Fines for Littering

In an effort to keep the Village of Melrose Park clean, should the Village of Melrose Park increase the current fines for littering on public or private property in the Village of Melrose Park from the current minimum fine of $300.00 and maximum fine of $500.00 to a minimum fine of $400.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00?

Village of Melrose Park Vaping Products

Given the increased use of vaping products by persons under the age of eighteen (18) years old, should the Village of Melrose Park prohibit the sale of compact vaping devices within the Village of Melrose Park limits?

Village of Melrose Park Firearm Storage

Shall all firearms be required by law to be stored in a safe and secure manner that prevents access by unauthorized persons, when such firearms are not under the control of the owner?

Village of Midlothian Tax Incentive Program

Should Cook County work to create and maintain a tax incentive program that results in lower property tax bills and reduces the tax burden on local property owners and taxpayers?

Village of Niles Referendum Procedures

Shall the procedure for placing Referenda on the Village of Niles ballot, follow Illinois Election Law, except that if the Niles Mayor and Board of Trustees initiates or submits more than one referendum for any Ballot, additional referendums initiated or submitted by the Niles Mayor and Board of Trustees for that same Ballot must not be initiated or submitted more than 180 days prior to the election these Referenda are to be on the Ballot, effective March 1, 2019?

Village of Niles Modernize Cultural Center

Shall the Village of Niles modernize the Niles Historical Society and Cultural Center located at 8970 N. Milwaukee?

Village of Niles School District Ratings

Shall the Village of Niles Community Development Department continue to work with local school districts to enhance their ratings?

City of Northlake Abolish Treasurer

Shall the office of City Treasurer, which has been vacant since January 18, 2018 be abolished and the duties of the City Treasurer assumed by the Finance Director?

North Palos Fire Prot Dist Tax Extension

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the North Palos Fire Protection District, Cook County, Illinois be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 20% for levy year 2018?"
For the 2018 levy year, the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single-family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $52.20.

Oak Brook Park District Issue Bonds

Shall the Oak Brook Park District, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, purchase and improve the approximately 34 acres commonly known as the "McDonald's Soccer Fields," located north of said Park District's Central Park and between Kingery Highway (Route 83), Kensington Road and Jorie Boulevard, and issue its bonds to the amount of $17,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

Village of Oak Park Merge Tax Bodies

Shall the merger and consolidation of Oak Park taxing bodies be considered, including, but not limited to, the Village of Oak Park, Oak Park Township, the Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park, to determine if there would be efficiencies, the elimination of redundancies and/or a property tax reduction for the residents of Oak Park?

Oak Park Township Firearm Storage

Shall all firearms be required by law to be stored in a safe and secure manner that prevents access by unauthorized persons, when such firearms are not under the direct personal control of the owner?

Palatine Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Should Cook County reinstate the Sweetened Beverage Tax ("Soda Tax") to fill the 82-million-dollar deficit in the 2019 operating budget?

Palatine Township Homeowners Exemptions

Should the State of Illinois increase the residential and senior homeowner exemptions to help reduce property taxes for the residents of Palatine Township?

City of Palos Heights Video Gaming

Shall Video Gaming be permitted within the corporate limits of the City of Palos Heights?

Palos Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Shall the County of Cook reinstate the Sweetened Beverage Tax?

Palos Township Tax Exemptions

Shall the Illinois General Assembly pass legislation expanding the Homeowners, Senior Citizen and Veterans Property Tax Exemptions to provide greater property tax relief?

City of Prospect Heights Home Rule

Shall the City of Prospect Heights, Illinois become a home rule unit?

Proviso Township Homeowners Exemptions

Should the State of Illinois increase the residential and senior homeowner's exemptions to help reduce property taxes for the residents of Proviso Township?

Village of Richton Park Tax Incentive Program

Should Cook County work to create and maintain a tax incentive program that results in lower property tax bills and reduces the tax burden on local property owners and taxpayers?

Riverside Lawn Fire Prot Dist Dissolve District

Shall the Riverside Lawn Fire Protection District be dissolved and discontinued?

South Barrington Park District Sell Property

Shall the South Barrington Park District, Cook County, Illinois, sell the following described real estate: that approximately 34-acre parcel of real property consisting of all of the land, commonly known as "Area N," located at the southeast corner of Bartlett Road and Route 59 in South Barrington, Illinois?

Schaumburg Township Reinstate the Beverage Tax

Should the Cook County Board of Commissioners reinstate the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance (also known as the Soda Tax) to fill an 82 million dollar county budget deficit?

Trustee, South Lyons Township Sanitary District

Trustee, South Palos Township Sanitary District

Village of Thornton Tax Incentive Program

Should Cook County work to create and maintain a tax incentive program that results in lower property tax bills and reduces the tax burden on local property owners and taxpayers?

Tinley Park Park District Increase Limiting Rate

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Tinley Park Park District, Cook and Will Counties, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.0713% above the limiting rate for levy year 2017 for park purposes and be equal to 0.3479% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?"
1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $3,802,248.48, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $4,782,248.48.
2) For the 2018 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $21.12 in Cook County, Illinois, and $23.76 in Will County, Illinois.
3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).