Champaign County Voters Have Three Referenda On November Ballot

 
Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects.

Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects, including a renovated Champaign County Jail.

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Voters in Champaign County have three countywide referenda on the ballot this year.  Two of them are dueling proposals about whether to elect a countywide board chair or executive.  The third would raise the county’s sales tax one quarter of a percentage point for a period of twelve years, with the revenue slated to go toward facilities projects, including an expanded county jail at the satellite location in east Urbana.

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with News-Gazette reporter and columnist Tom Kacich about these three proposals, and why even proponents of the sales tax increase think they have an uphill climb to see it pass this year.

Will County is the only county in the state of Illinois with an elected county executive.  Cook County is the state’s lone county to have an elected county board president or chair.

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