Early referenda returns: C.C. Hills supports cutting council in half
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 7:08PM
Electrical aggregation: Should towns have authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for residential and small commercial customers?
Alsip Yes: 2,570 No: 3,625
(16 of 16 precincts reporting)
Blue Island Yes: 2,959 No: 3,103 (14 of 14 precincts reporting)
Chicago Yes: 466,773 No: 361,105 (2,001 of 2,034 precincts reporting)
Chicago Heights Yes: 5,515 No: 3,227
Hazel Crest Yes: 3,354 No: 3,011 (13 of 13 precincts reporting)
Lockport Yes: 4,949 No: 4,451 (14 of 15 precincts reporting)
Manhattan Township Yes: 2,030 No: 1,649
New Lenox Township Yes: 9,188 No: 7,653
Oak Lawn Yes: 11,687 No: 8,630 (41 of 41 precincts reporting)
Worth Yes: 1,591 No: 1,521
Alsip: Should the village eliminate vehicle stickers in exchange for adopting an electric utility tax?
Yes: 1,365 No: 4,931 (15 of 16 precincts reporting)
Country Club Hills: Should the city council be consolidated from 10 sitting aldermen — two per each ward — to five, or one alderman per ward?
Yes: 4,751 No: 3,421 (12 of 14 precincts reporting)
Flossmoor: Should the village issue $7.28M in bonds for improvements to the water system?
Yes: 4,192 No: 1,046
Homer Glen: Should the village continue to be a home-rule community?
Yes: 7,823 No: 2,668
Tinley Park: Should the village put term limits on elected officials (advisory)?
Yes: 15,466 No: 6,112 (40 of 42 precincts reporting)
Statewide: Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system?
Yes: 1,985,229 No: 1,566,555 (8,466 of 10,089 reporting)
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:24AM
Country Club Hills voters on Tuesday approved a measure to cut the city council in half, from 10 aldermen to five. With all precincts reporting, 58 percent of voters supported the measure.
In other referenda involving Southland towns, Tinley Park voters approved an advisory question on whether to put term limits on elected officials, Flossmoor voters approved a measure to allow the village to issue $7.28 million in bonds to pay for improvements to the village’s water system over the next eight years, and Homer Glen residents voted to keep home-rule status after its population dropped below the 25,000 level that automatically gives it those powers.
Voters in Chicago, Chicago Heights, Hazel Crest, Oak Lawn, Worth, Lockport, Manhattan and New Lenox Township appeared to be in favor of electrical aggregation, which gives local governments authority to negotiate electricity rates. That measure was failing in Alsip, lost in Lynwood and lost in Blue Island.
The move to cut the city council in Country Club Hills could save taxpayers in the city of about 16,000 residents as much as $258,000 in aldermanic salaries, expense accounts, uniforms and more.
“It’s always favorable to throw the bums out,” said Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch, who supported the measure after he lost control of the city council. “The aldermen made it a referendum on my leadership, and my leadership is sound.”
With 35 of 37 Cook County precincts reporting, 71 percent of Tinley Park voters had approved an advisory measure to put term limits on village officials. Seventy-three percent of Will County voters in Tinley Park also approved the measure, with all precincts reporting.
In Flossmoor, the bond issue — which passed 80 percent to 20 percent — means taxpayers with a $7,500 tax bill would see a $98 increase, those with a $12,500 tax bill would see a $162 increase, and a $20,000 tax bill would see a $260 increase, according to the village’s website.
Additionally, 78 percent of Alsip voters (with 15 of 16 precincts reporting) were rejecting a measure to eliminate vehicle stickers in exchange for adopting an electric utility tax.
In a statewide referendum, 56 percent of voters decided to make it tougher for state and local governments to improve retirement and pension benefits for public employees, with 8,466 of 10,089 precincts reporting.