Review General Election 2016 Candidates, Ballot Referenda With These Links

Nov 6, 2016

If you’d like to prepare for your votes in the Illinois General Election, WNIJ News offers these links to help you be informed about all the issues.

Credit Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Compiled below – county by county – are links that will allow you to view the sample ballots that may affect you.

Following those listings are links to the campaign websites of contenders in state and federal primaries.

Boone County

One county referendum asks if politicians should be prohibited from taking campaign money from special interests they regulate. It also deals with increasing transparency for campaign funding, whether or not representatives and senior staff should partake in lobbying activities for five years after they leave office, and placing limits on SuperPAC-campaign coordination. Another asks about voter support as a county for legislative term limits and redistricting reform at the state and federal level.

Another referendum asks if the Poplar Grove Village Municipal Clerk should be appointed and not elected, and a referendum from Hononegah District 207 asks about renovations to the Hononegah High School building.

Bureau County

The City of Spring Valley is asking if an additional 0.5 percent should be added to its retailer’s occupation tax. It also asks about redistricting for Cherry Grade School District 92 and Dimmick Community Consolidated School District 175, along with adding a new district in Kewanee Community School District 229 and Wethersfield District 230 property. Referenda also include whether or not money should go toward renovations for LaSalle-Peru High School District buildings.

Carroll County

The one referendum featured on the Carroll County sample ballot is whether or not the City of Mt. Carroll should appoint for City Clerk instead of elect one.

DeKalb County

Judicial candidates are the main subject for DeKalb County referenda.

Jo Daviess County

Referenda on Jo Daviess County ballots include funding for a new city hall and police department within the City of East Dubuque and a proposition to levy tax for flood levee maintenance in the City of Galena.

Kane County

A proposition to increase the limiting rate within the Fox River Valley Library District is one of the referenda included on the Kane County ballot. Anorher asks whether or not the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District should create a new tax rate for emergency and rescue fund purposes.

·      Voter’s Guide/Sample Ballot

City of Aurora

Judicial candidates are the main subject for Aurora referenda.

Kendall County

There are three referenda specific to the City of Yorkville. Those include whether the City Clerk’s office should be abolished and those duties assigned to the Deputy City Clerk, along with the City Treasurer’s office to be abolished and those duties be assigned to City Finance Director. The purpose of both referenda would be to save the city money. Another referendum asks if Yorkville should become a home rule government unit.

The Plainfield Township Park District is also asking if it should issue nearly $11 million in park bonds for park improvement and to build a new recreation center. The City of Sandwich poses the question of whether it should impose a non-home rule sales tax increase. There is also a question regarding the limiting rate for Newark School District 66.

·      Candidate List

·      Referenda List

LaSalle County

Voters within the LaSalle-Peru Township High School District will be asked if it should issue $38 million in school building bonds for renovation, safety purposes and to be more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those within the Newark School District 66 will be asked if the district should increase the limiting rate. The City of Peru is asking if the Peru Township should be dissolved, and Dimmick School District 175 and Cherry Grade School District 92 is asking whether the two districts should become a combined elementary school district.

The Toluca-Rutland Fire Protection District is asking if it should levy a special tax. Waltham School District 185 is asking if it should build a new Waltham School Building to replace the current North and South School Buildings and whether the district should make every effort to use funding sources to build that building without increasing property tax rates.

Lee County

The Polo 222 and Paw Paw 271 School Districts have referenda on the ballot regarding board election and membership at large. Another referendum asks whether a retailer’s occupation tax and sales tax should be implemented for school facility purposes only. The Dixon School District 170 is also asking if a $81 million school building bond be approved for a new high school building and other building repairs and improvements in the district.

McHenry County

The Village of Cary is asking if each taxing body within the corporate limits of the village should be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual property tax levy. A referendum from the City of Crystal Lake includes a question regarding a property tax increase for a new library building. A question regarding a new tax levy in Greenwood, and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District is asking if they should be authorized to levy a new tax and have additional tax for emergency and rescue crews and equipment.

Ogle County

The Dixon School District 170 is also asking if a $81 million school building bond be approved for a new high school building and other building repairs and improvements in the district. The Polo 222 School District has referenda on the ballot regarding board election and membership at large. Another referendum asks whether a retailer’s occupation tax and sales tax should be implemented for school facility purposes only. The Taylor and Lafayette townships are asking if they should consolidate townships, and the Forreston Fire Protection District has referenda on the ballot concerning a tax levy and increase for an ambulance service.

Stephenson County

The Winnebago School District 323 is asking if $26 million in school building bonds should be issued to build a new school to replace the Dorothy Simon and Jean McNair Elementary School Buildings. Another referendum includes whether Freeport should adopt the managerial form of municipal government. The Forreston Fire Protection District has referenda on the ballot concerning a tax levy and increase for an ambulance service, and the Silver Creek Township is asking if the prohibition of selling alcoholic liquor at retail should be continued.

Winnebago County

The Hononegah High School District 207 is asking if $44 million in school building bonds should go to Hononegah High School building renovations. The Village of Roscoe is asking if there should be a sales tax for public infrastructure expenses. The North Park Fire Protection District also has a referendum regarding a special tax levy for ambulance services, and the Shirland Township Road District is asking if the limiting rate under the township’s property tax extension limitation law should increase.

City of Rockford

The Hononegah High School District 207 is asking if $44 million in school building bonds should go to Hononegah High School building renovations.

  • WNIJ's Victor Yehling and Katie Finlon contributed to this post.