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Tax hike questions voted down in Iroquois County

Referendum questions seeking tax hikes were voted down in the Iroquois County communities of Crescent City and Sheldon. The Sheldon proposal was to establish local police protection while voters in the Crescent-Iroquois #249 school district were asked to OK a levy increase.

The school district voters said 'No' voting 250 - 223. It would have increased the EAV to 5.12 percent from the current 4.32%.

Voters in Sheldon were asked to authorize an additional property tax of 0.6 percent of equalized assessed value of taxable property for local police protection.

The voters said 'No' casting 129 opposed votes to 120 in favor. That was a 52% to 48% margin.


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Incumbents win Kankakee County Board races

Nine of 15 seats on the Kankakee County Board were uncontested in Tuesday's election. Of the six contested races, Democrat Sam Payton defeated Republican Jacquelyn Sneed in District 4. (Payton will replace outgoing Democrat John Howard).

Fourteen of the 28 board seats were up in this election.

Republican Janis M. Peters was a winner, defeating Democrat Ray Chamberlain.

Incumbent Republican Chris Tholen defeated Democrat Jeff Jarvis in District 10; Republican Carol Webber, who was appointed to replace Todd Arseneau in District 11 defeated Democrat Budd Meents to fill the rest of the unexpired term; incumbent Republican Stephen Einfeldt defeated Democrat Terri Miazga in District 22, and incumbent Republican Jim Tripp defeated Terry Schnell in District 24.


Republicans now hold a 22-6 advantage.

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Vermilion County un-opposed election winners

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, Treasurer Sue Stine and Supervisor of Assessments Mathew Long were re-elected Tuesday without opposition.


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Bennett runs away with 106th House race

Gibson City resident Tom Bennett won easily in the Illinois House race for the 106th district Tuesday. Bennett garnered 21,850 votes to Democrat Bill Nutter's 5,160. The republican Bennett is one of many GOP candidates now celebrating mid-term election victories.

The 106th district includes Iroquois and Ford counties and parts of Livingston, Vermilion and Woodford counties in east-central Illinois.

Bennett was appointed the seat by Republican leaders from the counties when current State Rep Josh Harms of Watseka withdrew from the ballot for personal reasons, after winning a re-election bid in the spring primary.

Bennett wants to work toward improving the Illinois job climate.


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Iroquois County office-holders win unopposed races

Voters in Iroquois County gave a vote of trust to current office-holders in Tuesday's election.

County Clerk Lisa Fancher won re-election with 8,740 votes. Sheriff Derek Hagen earned 8,621 votes. Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan had 8,568. All are Republicans.

Iroquois-Kankakee regional School Superintendent Gregg Murphy also won another term with 7,538 votes in Iroquois County. The Kankakee vote count was un-available.

Iroquois County Board candidates were also unopposed winners in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4. The Board re-organizes in December and will vote on a new chairman.

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