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    D-158 referendum near victory in ballot recount
    12/8/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    A divisive District 158 referendum battle continued Tuesday with a recount of ballots from four McHenry County precincts.
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    District 15 wraps up canvass
    11/29/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 15 officials will use information gathered in the failed November referendum vote to plan for future initiatives.
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    Referendum panel wants public input
    11/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    They think they know how they want to accommodate growing middle school and high school enrollment.
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    Letter to the Editor: Students bear brunt of voter rejection
    11/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I have heard a lot of reasons recently why people voted against Glenbard District 87's referendum request, but there is one reason that confuses me above all others.
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    Letter to the Editor: School board thanks community
    11/22/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    The Geneva Board of Education would like to thank everyone who supported our referendum to build a new middle school.
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    Is Dist. 204 a house divided?
    11/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Abraham Lincoln struggled to unite the Yankees and Confederates.
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    Kane district's tax proposal to go back to voters
    11/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Kaneland School District 302 board is giving voters one more chance this spring to ensure that the elementary school under construction in Montgomery will open next fall.
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    Arcola School District will seek tax hike on April ballot
    11/21/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The April 5 ballot will include a referendum asking voters to approve a tax hike in the school district's education fund.
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    Mayor continues casino case
    11/18/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Rockford Mayor Doug Scott continued his pursuit of a Rockford casino license on Wednesday, meeting with staff for the General Assembly's staunchest advocate of gambling expansion.
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    School board race should see new faces
    11/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Longtime Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board member John Snow won't seek re-election next spring.
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    Gov against, and open to, more gambling
    11/17/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich, at the center of continuing debate about whether Illinois should have more casinos, said Tuesday that he stands behind a campaign pledge not to approve more gambling.
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    City casino looks like sucker bet
    11/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Efforts to expand gambling to Chicago and the suburbs appeared to be collapsing Tuesday as lawmakers returned to the capital without an agreement, a development with broad implications for cash-strapped schools and transit systems that were counting on the state to bail them out.
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    Editorial: Gambling expansion isn't simple issue
    11/16/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    It seems doubtful that the Illinois General Assembly will address the issue of whether to expand gambling in the state during the final days of this year's veto session.
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    Editorial: Southern Illinois sends a warning
    11/14/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    You don't often get to read a message from an election for judge. Those elections tend to be sober, even sleepy, affairs.
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    Editorial: State needs governor to put his cards on the table
    11/14/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    So closely is Gov. Blagojevich guarding his feelings about supporting or not supporting a Chicago casino, he has inspired a bit of oddsmaking himself.
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    Letter to the Editor: Schools, state aren't listening to voters
    11/13/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As a follow-up to David Hawksworth's Fence Post letter that appeared in Monday's (Nov. 8) newspaper in regard to District 41's failed referendum requests, along with Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo's determination to continue residential expansion, let me also state reasons why people are voting down these referendum requests.
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    Gambling talk mostly smoke, no fire
    11/12/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Money talks at the state Capitol, but not loud enough to drown out the complaints, questions and demands raised by effort to expand gambling in Illinois.
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    Geneva education issue in the lead
    11/11/2004
    Voters appeared have approved a measure on Election Day that will allow Geneva School District 101 to build a second middle school to serve the growing student population.
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    Letter to the Editor: Supporters spurred victory for schools
    11/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The board of education would like to thank everyone who supported our referendum request to build a new middle school.
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    Letter to the Editor: Heed message sent by District 87 voters
    11/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I might be wrong, but I was under the impression that there was a vote Nov. 2 for a District 87 referendum question.
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    District 129 set on classroom space until 2014, study shows
    11/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The building referendum passed for West Aurora School District 129 in 2002 was supposed to meet the classroom needs of the district for five years, but new projections show it may have met most of the district's needs until 2014.
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    Dist. 59 board member won't seek re-election
    11/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    An Elk Grove Elementary District 59 board member recently told administrators she will not seek re-election in April, leaving an opening for a newcomer.
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    District 204 expects higher tax levy for 2004
    11/10/2004
    The Indian Prairie School District 204 board gave preliminary approval Monday for the school's 2004 tax levy.
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    Letter to the Editor: Only hurt kids with 'no' votes in Dist. 46
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Economically times are tough, so it makes sense to do what everyone does in tough times right ... punish the children.
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    Dist. 204 panel has enrollment estimates to go with
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204's referendum committee has decided to plan for 10,200 high school students and 7,850 middle school students in 2014.
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    Opinion: Let's focus on the best interests of all students in District U-46
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Nov. 2, the community of Bartlett, along with portions of Wayne, and Carol Stream approved an advisory referendum proposing disconnection from Elgin Area School District U-46.
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    Daley: No one will find this easy
    11/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Straining to avoid a politically toxic property-tax increase, Mayor Richard Daley Tuesday unveiled a 2005 budget proposal that still would drive up the cost of living in Chicago, with residents and visitors asked to dig deeper to buy liquor and cigarettes, park a car, go to a ballgame and purchase almost anything other than groceries and presciption drugs.
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    Editorial: Cutting overhead at Chicago Inc.
    11/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The CEO--his name is Richard M. Daley--confronts three trends veering off in unpleasant directions.
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    Casino debate continues; opinion split
    11/9/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    As far as Randa Noble can tell, a Rockford casino would boost activity at her downtown enterprise. That's not to say it would be good for business.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dedication pays off for D-158
    11/9/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    I want to express my enormous gratitude and admiration to Cheryl Meyer, Suzanne Rewerts, and the BEST Committee of School District 158.
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    Editorial: Southland must get own casino license
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield for the fall veto session. Reports from the capital indicate that expanded gambling, financial aid for the CTA and the governor's construction plan for highways and school buildings are at the top of the agenda.
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    Editorial: For veto session, keep things simple
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    State legislators' fall veto session is under way in Springfield, which makes this a potentially risky time for residents across the state.
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    Grayslake school board sees good things in audit
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board on Monday tried balancing what appears to be a failed ballot question with a good audit report.
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    Districts left waiting for state funds
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Three area school districts are among two dozen across the state hoping construction money they were promised in 2002 will finally be approved during the legislature's fall veto session.
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    Dist. 87 seeking parents' input before referendum
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Glenbard High School District 87 is laying the groundwork for a spring referendum.
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    District 214 likely to see same faces next election
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    She already has picked up an election packet, but Lenore Bragaw said she'll hold off on soliciting campaign signatures until after the buzz of last week's election has worn off.
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    Uncertainty clouds talk of Dist. 220 referendum
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Board members in Barrington Area Unit District 220 Monday said several questions need answering before they can make a decision on whether to again ask voters for more money in the spring.
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    Daley: Boost the sales tax
    11/9/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Mayor Richard Daley proposed bumping Chicago's sales tax to 9 percent, a move that would put it among the highest in the nation, and asked the City Council Tuesday to raise other taxes and cut hundreds of jobs to close a $220 million budget deficit.
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    $5.6M state Capitol security overhaul approved
    11/9/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Lawmakers joined the family of slain Capitol security guard William Wozniak to commemorate a maple tree and plaque in his honor Tuesday, then returned to work, where the House approved a $5.6 million security overhaul.
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    Tax fight persists on D-158
    11/8/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Results of April's school board elections could determine whether a tax increase approved by voters on Tuesday is implemented.
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    Letter to the Editor: Opposes gambling expansion
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Three new casino licenses for Illinois?
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    Editorial: Don't raise sales tax to balance city budget
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Facing a $220 million budget deficit for 2005, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is proposing a sweeping array of tax increases on everything from parking, tickets to sports and entertainment events, liquor and cigarettes, plus a .25 percent increase in sales taxes.
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    Casino proposals in state legislature? You can bet on it
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When we last left the issue of gambling expansion, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was explaining why he couldn't support a Chicago casino, arguing slots in the Loop would turn "the Land of Lincoln into the land of Wayne Newton."
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    Letter to the Editor: Lack of confidence in District 87 board
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The District 87 failed referendum request is clearly a vote of "no confidence" in the actions of this board.
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    Lawmakers face cash crunch
    11/8/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Illinois lawmakers return here for their fall veto session Monday to reconcile demands for more money for cash-strapped schools and mass transit with the state's own financial woes, which some in the legislature want to address through an expansion of legal gambling in the city and suburbs.
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    Parks, museums feel bite of budget cuts
    11/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    For more than a decade, the state has shared nearly $3 million of its take from off-track betting parlors with about a dozen Illinois park districts, along with some Chicago attractions.
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    Lawmakers focus on gambling, CTA
    11/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Gambling expansion, $5 million in security upgrades for state buildings and a CTA bailout top the agenda as state lawmakers begin their abbreviated fall session today.
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    Gambling expansion may be on table during legislature's veto session
    11/7/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Finding money for statewide construction projects has resurrected gambling expansion as a possible revenue source that lawmakers are expected to debate during the November veto session.
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    Legislative issues
    11/7/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Following are several of the issues on the table for the upcoming fall legislative veto session:
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    Editorial: State must lift burden on property taxpayers
    11/7/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Voters rejected tax-increase proposals in five of the six Southland school districts that held referendums Tuesday.
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    Obama's Springfield seat goes to lawyer
    11/7/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Kwame Raoul, a former Cook County prosecutor and lifelong South Side resident, was appointed Saturday to lead the 13th District as its new state senator, filling the seat left vacant by U.S. Sen.-elect Barack Obama.
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    Dems name Obama replacement
    11/7/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    After questioning seven candidates, including several progressive attorneys, a pro-choice pastor and a marijuana enthusiast, Democratic committeemen Saturday chose Kwame Raoul, a City Colleges labor attorney, to replace Barack Obama in the state Senate.
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    Letter to the Editor: United in support of District 87 schools
    11/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I extend a heartfelt thank-you to members of United 4 Glenbard, an amazing group of people who worked tirelessly on behalf of Glenbard Township High School District 87.
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    District 87 referendum proposal fails
    11/5/2004
    Riding a high voter turnout in a bitterly fought presidential contest, opponents of the school-tax referendum proposal in Glenbard High School District 87 defeated the district's attempt to levy an additional 45 cents to the district's tax rate over a two-year period.
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    Voters reject most tax increases
    11/4/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    South suburban and Will County voters, for the most part, held on to their pocketbooks in Tuesday's balloting on school, municipal and library tax-increase referendum measures.
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    Grass-roots efforts push school tax hikes to success
    11/4/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    With a low-budget but sophisticated game plan that would make any political strategist proud, East Maine School District 63 did what the vast majority of Illinois school districts couldn't do Tuesday: persuade voters to approve a tax increase.
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    Who really lost the election? Illinois schoolchildren.
    11/3/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    Local schools across the state suffered in the polls, according to our unofficial statewide results. A canvas of County Boards of Elections show that over 82% of school tax referrenda FAILED.
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    Pekin school tax hike likely to fail
    11/3/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    With 19 of 38 precincts counted, voters appear to have nixed a combined 60-cent property tax increase that would have gone to support Pekin Grade School District 108 programs.
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    D-158 voters approve tax hike
    11/3/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    An emotional referendum campaign ended in victory Tuesday night for District 158 supporters, who said the vote will avert severe budget cuts and provide a quality education for students.
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    Rossville-Alvin High School to be deactivated
    11/3/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    Rossville-Alvin School Board President Dennis Price felt a combination of happiness, sadness and relief late Tuesday night as the vote totals made it clear that Rossville-Alvin High School will be deactivated next school year.
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    Voters OK building for elementary school
    11/3/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    After five attempts, voters in Fairview Heights have approved a proposal to issue bonds to build a multi-purpose building for William Holliday Elementary School.
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    New Lenox Grade School District's tax increase rejected at the polls
    11/3/2004
    The New Lenox Grade School District will have to make do with its current operations and maintenance fund tax rate.
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    Geneva school issue in the lead
    11/3/2004
    Voters appeared have approved a measure Tuesday that would allow the Geneva School District to build a second middle school to serve the growing student population.
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    Outlook for area schools not good
    11/3/2004
    Three school district referendums in the area appeared to fail at the polls Tuesday.
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    Residents in 3 towns say split from U-46
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A majority of residents in three Elgin Area School District U-46 communities on Tuesday cast their electoral support behind a plan to splinter from the state's second largest district.
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    Gurnee Elementary tax vote fails
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gurnee Elementary District 56 failed for the fifth time in two years to gain voter approval for a tax increase.
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    Voters split on Gavin tax hike
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gavin Elementary District 37 will receive funds for life-safety improvements at Gavin South Junior High, but not for more classroom space at Gavin Central.
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    Voters approve additions to schools
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Big Hollow Elementary District 38 will soon be moving its campus from Route 12 to Fish Lake Road, adding two new schools and more classrooms to the swelling district.
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    Kaneland tax hike outlook dismal
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Things weren't looking good for the Kaneland school district referendum request early this morning.
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    Geneva leaning toward new school
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Geneva voters again appeared split on whether the district should issue bonds to build a second middle school.
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    Third high school might not be inside District 204 boundaries
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    If Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has to build a third high school, referendum committee members say, it may be better to locate it outside the school district's boundaries.
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    Tax increase, no; hope, yes
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials in Glenbard High School District 87 were surprisingly upbeat Tuesday night after voters rejected a request for a property tax increase.
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    Education will be Nekritz's priority in second term
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Incumbent state Rep. Elaine Nekritz won a second term handily Tuesday, and she said education funding is at the top of her to-do list for the next two years.
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    Des Plaines schools loses tax request
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It had been 35 years since Des Plaines Elementary District 62 asked taxpayers for more cash, but voters apparently still weren't ready to shell it out.
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    School tax hike passes
    11/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    East Maine Elementary District 63 on Tuesday pulled off a tax-hike victory at the polls for the first time since President Lyndon Johnson was in office.
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    Tax rate increases for schools not easy sell
    11/3/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Area voters held their pocketbooks tight Tuesday, widely rejecting school tax increases from Gurnee to River Grove to Thornton.
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    A taxing effort
    11/2/2004
    Troy schools: Alumni brave rain to drum up support of referendum More than 30 teens who graduated from Troy schools stood in a cold rain Monday afternoon and encouraged passers-by to support a tax-increase referendum.
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    School bonds, home rule among ballot questions
    11/1/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Metro-east voters will decide a variety of ballot referendums Tuesday, including:
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    Reserves tide over Northwest suburban districts
    11/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Northwest suburban school officials are crossing their fingers in the hopes that property tax revenue will start trickling into their coffers this week.
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    Letter to the Editor: Senior tax is example of taxpayer getting hit again
    10/31/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The May 24 issue of the Herald & Review Opinion page read, "Although senior tax is worthy idea, taxpayers cannot afford to fund every good cause."
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    Letter to the Editor: Mom supports school tax proposal
    10/31/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    What does voting "yes" in the Thornton Township School District 205 referendum mean to a home owner?
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    Letter to the Editor: District 301 plans ahead; vote 'yes'
    10/30/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I am writing in reference to the upcoming School District 301 referendum.
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    Education polarizes race
    10/30/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The two candidates for state senator in the 29th legislative district favor different solutions to the funding problems now facing Illinois school districts.
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    Editorial: Despite reservations, a 'yes' vote for Glenbard
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Glenbard High School District 87 administrators present a strong case for raising taxes.
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    Dist. 158 tax question tied to building need
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    To open, or not to open four new schools. That's not the referendum question, but it certainly is the talk of the town in Huntley Unit District 158.
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    Letter to the Editor: Glenbard graduate urges a 'yes' vote
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For the sake of all children in District 87, it is imperative that students continue to take the current number of seven courses, instead of six.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 87 is asking for what it needs
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As a newer board member of District 87, I have had an interesting vantage point from which to observe the district.
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    District 87 needs to be a wiser speaker
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    District 87 board members are asking for more money from taxpayers for building maintenance, school programs and class size.
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    65th District candidates discuss school funding
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Mike Tashman, a Park Ridge Democrat, is challenging incumbent state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Des Plaines Republican representing the 65th House District, in the Nov. 2 election.
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    59th District hopefuls differ on plans for schools
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Republican Paul S. Tully, an attorney from Riverwoods, is challenging Democratic incumbent Kathy Ryg, a Vernon Hills resident, for a 2-year term as state representative of the 59th District, which covers all or part of Buffalo Grove, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Park City, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and Wheeling.
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    Editorial: 'Yes' to Grayslake school, Lake Zurich fire questions
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Daily Herald today continues its recommendations in ballot questions that Lake County residents will see on Tuesday's ballot.
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    Letter to the Editor: With Shepherdson, education a priority
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I am writing in support of Nancy Shepherdson for state representative. She has been a "hands-on" candidate who has knocked on thousands of doors these past several months to directly hear citizens' concerns.
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    Letter to the Editor: Kirk's record on education excellent
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I met Mark Kirk two years ago and have been very impressed by his service to our country and his record in Congress.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote 'no' to Geneva school question
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    District 304 of Geneva has placed a referendum question on the ballot seeking $41.2 million to build a new middle school. We need additional middle school space. Just not this space.
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    Dist. 204 parents call for the truth
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 parents say they don't know why school officials didn't plan years ago for extra middle school and high school space.
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    House hopefuls discuss drug-cost views
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    With the impending retirement of two-term incumbent Rosemary Kurtz, three candidates are seeking her seat representing the 64th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. The field includes Republican Mike Tryon, the chairman of the McHenry County Board; Democrat and Lake in the Hills village board member Paul Yensen; and Libertarian Jim Young of Crystal Lake. The candidates answered Daily Herald questions about their views and issues facing the state and their district. Here are some of their replies.
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    Letter to the Editor: Resident balks at District 87 tax hike
    10/29/2004
    Here is a little scenario I prepared as we are asked to pay a whole lot more to District 87. A student came to my door today. She said, "Hi, mister, how are you today?
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    D220 cities future in seeking tax hike
    10/29/2004
    In recent years they've managed to keep deficits at bay, absorb enrollment growth and improve the school district's financial ratings.
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    D300 celebrates a new deLacey
    10/29/2004
    Don't mention Dundee High School's demolition to 92-year-old Dorothy deLacey.
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    Letter to the Editor: Yes vote affirms value for children
    10/29/2004
    In 1991, we moved to Glendale Heights for the schools. So far, we haven't been disappointed.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote yes, then target Springfield for change
    10/29/2004
    Since the High School District 87 school board announced its plan to seek a referendum in November, I have tried to educate myself about the reasons for their decision.
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    Letter to the Editor: Higher taxes cheaper than poor education
    10/29/2004
    In November, residents of Glenbard High School District 87 will be asked to approve a referendum providing an increase in the Education Fund for the district.
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    Letter to the Editor: Supporting education best message for kids
    10/29/2004
    What message will we send? Simply put: Cutting athletics, activities, and clubs from District 87 would be the most disastrous mistake our community can make.
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    Letter to the Editor: Extra tax dollars will help District 87 thrive
    10/29/2004
    It should be no surprise to anyone who has paid attention that Glenbard Township High School District 87 is asking voters to approve an increase in the tax rate to help move the district from its several-year trend of deficit spending and into the black.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 87 needs to live within its budget
    10/29/2004
    Does School District 87 need an increase to their tax rate? Here are some numbers I would like to share with my fellow readers regarding the upcoming District 87 Referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: Extracurricular courses, property values at stake
    10/29/2004
    Being a proud parent of a daughter and son who benefited greatly from the wide array of educational and extracurricular opportunities at Glenbard West High School before attending college, I can't imagine their younger brother (currently a GWHS freshman) or his classmates next year being students in the only DuPage County district restricting its high-school students to taking a maximum of just six classes per day.
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    Residents hear options for District 204's growing population
    10/29/2004
    A small group of residents took advantage of the first informal forum Thursday about plans for a Indian Prairie School District 204 referendum measure.
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    Letter to the Editor: Skeptic convinced
    10/28/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    I have never written a letter to a newspaper, but after serving as Huntley's School District 158 public information session moderator, I feel compelled to report on what I have heard and learned.
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    Letter to the Editor: Voting for our future
    10/28/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Today, Huntley's classrooms have increased class size. Today, fifth-graders are not offered band or orchestra. Today, there are children attending school until nearly dinner.
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    Editorial: District 15: No
    10/28/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    The $3 million deficit in McHenry District 15 confounds almost everyone.
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    Editorial: District 50: Yes
    10/28/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Residents in Harvard District 50 need to know that their school board members have kept the financially strapped system from deficit spending.
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    Letter to the Editor: Noland right candidate in District 43 race
    10/28/2004
    As a new citizen of the United States, I am thrilled to be voting on Nov. 2 in the national election. In learning about the United States and the election process, I came to understand how important the local elections are to the process of representation for everyone. My vote for state representative in the 43rd District will go to Michael Noland.
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    Letter to the Editor: Supports new school plan
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    On Tuesday, voters in School District 122 will be asked to approve a referendum proposal that allows the school board to build a new Columbus Manor School.
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    57th District hopefuls discuss schools, gay marriage
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Steven Szayevicz, a Des Plaines Republican, is challenging incumbent state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat representing the 57th House District, in the Nov. 2 election.
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    Letter to the Editor: Write-in candidates offers a true choice
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Tuesday, we have an opportunity to make history in Illinois by electing Cathy Peschke as a write-in for the Illinois Senate in District 32.
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    Letter to the Editor: Much depends on your 'yes' vote
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When I moved into Lake in the Hills in 1997, I knew this area would grow in many ways. Anyone who has moved into District 158 must have known that empty land and affordable housing attracts more people with children and the need for infrastructure.
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    Letter to the Editor: Right a wrong; vote 'yes' in District 46
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Seven months ago in this space, I was pretty harsh in my criticism of my fellow citizens and the members of the Grayslake Elementary District 46 board of education for the failure of the two school referendum requests on last March's ballot. I said then that my usual optimism was being shoved aside by jaded pessimism.
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    Letter to the Editor: Big Hollow needs new schools now
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Big Hollow School District 38 has an important referendum question on Tuesday's ballot. They will be asking for approval to build two new schools - an elementary and a middle school.
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    Letter to the Editor: Voting 'yes' is best choice for Geneva
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Our children completed their careers at Geneva Middle School before it overflowed. We hope future Geneva middle school students can have the same excellent facilities.
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    Letter to the Editor: With a tax increase, education will thrive
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It should be no surprise to anyone who has paid attention that Glenbard District 87 is asking voters to approve an increase in the tax rate to help move the district from its several-year trend of deficit spending and into the black.
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    Letter to the Editor: The right choice in Dist. 87 is 'yes' vote
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Tuesday, Glenbard District 87 voters have an opportunity to choose the type of high school experience they want for their children.
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    Editorial: Lake Villa, Gurnee districts merit 'yes'
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Everywhere they look, Lake Villa Elementary District 41 school officials see the potential for new home construction that will bring yet more new students to this booming school system.
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    State House hopefuls offer funding solutions
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Illinois' funding formula for schools is broken.
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    House hopefuls offer ways to raise education funds
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Republican incumbent Rosemary Mulligan and Democratic challenger Michael Tashman offer different approaches to finding more revenue to support the state's educational needs.
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    Letter to the Editor: More than minimums
    10/27/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    A yes vote Nov. 2 for the Dis-trict 158 referendum is a vote for the children of our community.
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    Letter to the Editor: Drastic change
    10/27/2004 -
    Oak Park Oak Leaves
    Our family has lived in School District 158 for eight years, and when we decided to move this past summer, our main criteria for finding a new home was that it be in District 158.
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    Letter to the Editor: Ill-informed
    10/27/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    As the election draws near, it becomes apparent how ill-informed the general public is about School District 158's referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: Empty schools
    10/27/2004
    I have a hard time believing that there are people in District 158 who would vote yes to build new schools and then vote no to staff and operate them.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lost opportunities
    10/27/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    I chose to move to Huntley School District 158 because of the district's excellent reputation.
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    Letter to the Editor: Cruel, ironic
    10/27/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    I find it cruel and ironic that registered voters must decide the most important school issues, yet parents with school-aged children post the lowest voter turnout percentages.
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    Letter to the Editor: If you liked Hoeft, you should vote for Noland
    10/27/2004
    Would you have voted for Douglas Hoeft? Then vote for Michael Noland.
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    School, park district issues face voters
    10/27/2004
    Manhattan and New Lenox voters will have some choices to make Nov. 2, besides the candidates running for office.
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    Letter to the Editor: Hoping rational side of Bartlett speaks up
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I am a resident of Elgin and have three children ages 15, 13 and 10 who have participated in several U-46 schools and programs.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dist. 87 tax increases good for all students
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The referendum issue in District 87 has prompted a great number of comments about the daily operations of our schools, teacher salaries and finances. All are issues that should be examined before one goes to the polls to vote.
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    Letter to the Editor: Right thing to do is vote 'yes' in Dist. 87
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I am writing to encourage your readers to vote "yes" on the District 87 tax referendum question.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dist. 87 hasn't made case for tax increase
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The District 87 referendum request is the first one we will vote against.
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    Editorial: 'Yes' to ballot questions in Big Hollow, Gavin
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Growth, growth and more growth is the story in Big Hollow Elementary District 38, which on Tuesday will be asking voters to approve a $29 million bond issue to build a new elementary/intermediate school and a new middle school at the site of the district's elementary school on Nippersink Road.
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    Gavin schools meet to explain referendums
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gavin School District 37 board members are hoping a low turnout at a board of education meeting will not spell doom at the polls Nov. 2.
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    Candidates for state House talk about school spending
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    School funding is not the problem facing Illinois schools, according to the candidates for the District 62 seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.
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    48th District hopefuls spar on education, job creation
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Both state Rep. Jim Meyer and opponent Guy Rosenthal agree education and new jobs are priorities for Illinois.
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    Schools decide time is right for tax vote
    10/27/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    During this presidential election season, only a handful of suburban school districts are fighting the uphill battle associated with placing tax questions on the ballot.
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    Editorial: Sun endorses four candidates in Will County
    10/26/2004 -

    Naperville Sun
    Starting with today's issue and continuing through Sunday, The Sun will run its editorial board endorsements in selected political contests in the Nov. 2 general election.
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    Letter to the Editor: Represents the county well
    10/26/2004
    With the election right around the corner, I encourage everyone to look at the records of various candidates and base your vote on experience, dedication and vision.
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    Editorial: It's up to voters to help local schools
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Several south suburban schools districts once again are asking voters to approve tax increases Nov. 2.
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    Letter to the Editor: After getting the facts, 'yes' is a no-brainer
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    After reading the 18-page snow job distributed in our mailboxes without postage (illegally), the one conclusion I could draw from it was this.
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    Editorial: Geneva, Kaneland voters should say 'yes'
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In some ways, little has changed in the half year since voters rejected two Geneva school district referendums.
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    50th state House incumbent discusses budget, taxes
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Daily Herald sent questionnaires to the candidates for the 50th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. Patricia Reid Lindner, a Republican from Sugar Grove, has been a state representative since 1993. Michael Logan, a 30-year-old Democrat from Sandwich, is challenging her.
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    Editorial: McHenry County endorsements
    10/26/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    These are the Tribune endorsements in contested elections in McHenry County.
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    2 state Senate races in McHenry
    10/26/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Newcomers are staging challenges in both contests Republican state Sen. Pamela Althoff said her years in public service should sway voters to her side on Nov. 2, while Democrat Patrick Ouimet counters that McHenry County needs new solutions to old problems that have not gone away.
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    U-46 residents debate ideal district size
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Proposed answers reverberate across Elgin Area School District U-46, the state's second-largest school district whose nearly 40,000-child bulk recently has come under fire.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lost opportunities can alter kids' lives
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Like many people I know, I chose to purchase a home six years ago in Huntley School District 158 because of the district's excellent reputation.
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    Letter to the Editor: Half-hour of your time will matter a lot
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Who is determining the quality of District 158 schools?
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    Letter to the Editor: Information will help you to decide
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Please, let's come together as a community! I was getting information from people both for and against the District 158 referendum. After getting all this feedback, I was confused.
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    Letter to the Editor: Whatever it takes, find time to vote
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    March 17, 2004, was a very sad day in District 158. Many of us who supported the school referendum went to bed on March 16 thinking we had won, only to find out in the morning that the last four precincts to report their totals, which encompass most of Del Webb, had soundly voted "no" and the schools and the referendum had failed.
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    Letter to the Editor: Kids deserve more than bare minimum
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A "yes" vote on Nov. 2 for the District 158 referendum is a vote for the children of our community.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote for Munson, Cook and Tredup
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For the past few months, candidates have pleaded their cases as to why the voters should choose them Nov. 2. It is now time for us to decide who is best qualified.
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    Letter to the Editor: Don't settle, vote Noland in 43rd
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The other night, I attended the U-46 Citizens Advisory Council's candidate forum. I heard some remarkable statements about public school funding and the need for reform.
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    The Issues: Taxes/Education
    10/25/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Obama, Keyes show policy gulf In a U.S. Senate campaign marked by broad philosophical differences, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Alan Keyes couldn't agree less on their approaches to tax and Social Security reform as well as funding for education and social welfare programs.
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    Letter to the Editor: Support Geneva schools referendum
    10/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Geneva board of education is asking for your "yes" vote to pass a referendum request for a second middle school. There will be no tax-rate increase for this new school.
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    A dangerous moment awaits District 158 with either 'yes' or 'no'
    10/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Letter writing, it seems, has made a comeback as a persuasive tool of choice. At least that has been so in Huntley School District 158. Residents have sent so many letters, I begin to feel as the letters editor that I have had personal correspondence with everyone in the district at least once in the last year.
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    Voters will get their say on some taxing proposals
    10/24/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Parks, schools and libraries are asking voters in the northwest suburbs to send more tax money their way, and residents in part of School District U-46 will be asked to cast advisory votes on the district's proposed breakup, several of the dozens of ballot questions appearing Nov. 2.
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    Kane County endorsements
    10/23/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The following are the Tribune's endorsements in contested elections in Kane County.
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    Referendum group plans forums
    10/22/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    HARVARD – A pro-referendum committee has invited District 50 school board members to answer residents' questions Tuesday during two special forums.
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    Referendum backers begin campaign
    10/22/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    HUNTLEY – A quiet campaign in support of a District 158 referendum Nov. 2 got noisy this week.
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    D-158 prepares for cuts
    10/22/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    HUNTLEY – District 158 school board members on Thursday night refused to yield to pleas from at least two district residents to delay a decision on opening new schools if a Nov. 2 referendum fails.
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    Lovington voters will decide fate of high school
    10/22/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    LOVINGTON - Over the weekend, Lovington High School alumni passed out fliers in the community asking for voters to save the high school.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: For a college-prep program, vote 'yes'
    10/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    What kind of education do you want for your child - a high school diploma or a college-prep education?
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kids are worth this difficult 'yes' vote
    10/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Taxpayers are concerned about tax increases, especially during this difficult economy.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Big Hollow needs to build new schools
    10/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As a parent of future Big Hollow students, I wanted to write in to express my support for the current referendum request for the money to build new schools. While I don't want to see an increase in the tax rate, I understand the need for the increase.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fewer classes would diminish education
    10/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    If Glenbard High School District 87's referendum request doesn't pass and the number of classes available to students per day is reduced from the current seven to six, and the athletic and after-school clubs are cut in half, it will take away the reason for many students to get up in the morning and enthusiastically anticipate their day.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: District 304 referendum
    10/22/2004 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    This November, we are again faced with a difficult decision. District 304 of Geneva has placed a referendum on the ballot seeking $41.2 million to build a new middle school. We need additional middle school space. Just not this space.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Munson has shown she deserves election in 43rd
    10/22/2004 -
    Elgin Courier News
    On Nov. 2, we all will need to make some very important decisions. When I look at our choices for state representative of the 43rd District, I strongly believe that one candidate is the clear choice.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Students reason enough for readers to vote yes
    10/22/2004 -

    Sun Publications
    Citizens of Glenbard High School Township District 87 will be presented with a very important choice on the Nov. 2 ballot.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Another view in favor of district tax increase
    10/22/2004 -

    Sun Publications
    With the current financial crisis impacting our nation's schools, districts have been forced to beg for money from their local taxpayers. Glenbard High School District 87 is facing this crisis by asking taxpayers to support the referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Residents oppose tax increase
    10/22/2004
    Included in the tactics District 87 is using to secure voters' approval of the Nov. 2 referendum is the statement that "the last time the district sought a tax rate increase in the educational fund was 1987."
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    Kaneland enrollment figures keep rising
    10/22/2004 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    MAPLE PARK — A spike in the 30-day enrollment isn't exactly good news.
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    Chaney-Monge explains Nov. 2 referendum
    10/22/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Education fund: Goal is 'keeping the school's finances stable'
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    School tax hikes on Nov. 2 ballots
    10/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Districts cite budget troubles
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    Neophyte challenges freshman in 79th
    10/22/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    A freshman Democrat appointee will defend her 79th House District seat against a Republican newcomer Nov. 2.
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    EDITORIAL: Time to end Crane's stretch in the House
    10/22/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Incumbents come out on top in Chicago Sun-Times endorsements in area races for the Congress with one important exception: In his long political career, Republican incumbent Phil Crane has weathered many storms, including having to publicly battle alcoholism.
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    Harlem seeks tax hike for schools
    10/21/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    The district's fifth referendum since 2000 would raise $2 million over five years.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Too much spending
    10/21/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    On Nov. 2, you will vote on a referendum that the Crystal Lake Park District wants you to believe will not increase your real-estate taxes.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Seek the truth
    10/21/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Recently, erroneous messages have been sent to many households in District 158.
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    8 Oak Park schools fail state standards
    10/21/2004 -
    Oak Park Oak Leaves
    Student groups at eight District 97 schools failed to have the minimum number of students meet or exceed standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test last year, though the district has not announced which schools will not make adequate progress as a result.
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    Group opposing referendum
    10/21/2004
    River Grove School District officials seeking voter approval to increase funding tried again to drum up support for their cause.
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    Tully, Ryg face off in 59th District
    10/21/2004 -
    Deerfield Review
    Candidates vying for the Illinois 59th House seat had the luxury of avoiding a primary race although political pundits say primaries get the candidates' names before the public, especially when newcomers challenge incumbents.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now it is our turn to support children
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When my husband and I were looking for a new home, we picked Huntley for its small-town living and excellent school district.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Needs are apparent; vote 'yes' Nov. 2
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I have been an employee of District 158 for nine years and have witnessed an extreme amount of growth in those nine years. The district has always acted responsibly with reference to financial decisions, and I am so tired of hearing "outsiders" criticize its decisions as irresponsible. I am particularly concerned about the critics who don't even have children within our district.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many tax opponents have nothing to lose
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    If the District 158 tax increase doesn't pass, look for home values to plummet as many put their houses up for sale to get their kids into a better school.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disconnection has too many hurdles
    10/21/2004
    In sitting through the Oct. 4 U-46 board meeting, I heard many reasons why I believe the proposed district could never happen. Let me share five very high hurdles that would prevent disconnection from becoming reality.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Editorial was wrong; pick Noland in 43rd
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The editorial choosing Ruth Munson over Michael Noland for 43rd District state representative was ill-thought-out.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: District 56 doesn't need tax increase
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Here we go again. For the fifth time, School District 56 is on the November ballot with a tax increase.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Geneva school plan deserves 'yes' vote
    10/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The middle school referendum request deserves your support! Like everyone else, I feel the frustrations that growth has brought to the Geneva school district. But growth also has brought students to the middle school, exceeding design capacity. This November, please vote "yes" for a new middle school.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Approving D301 referendum is a wise investment
    10/21/2004
    School District 301 families take great pride in the outstanding education that our schools provide our students. District 301 schools have been consistently ranked as some of the best in the state.
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    Rich blasts Noland's politics
    10/21/2004 -
    Elgin Courier News
    Throws support to Munson: Contribution error upsets Democratic primary loser
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    Munson, Noland in heated contest
    10/21/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    43rd District bid toughest in area
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    Letter to the Editor: Slone no help to PH schools
    10/20/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    In her latest ad State Rep. Ricca Slone's claims credit for millions in new money for our public schools.
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    Letter to the Editor: Althoff was player in complex school bills
    10/20/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In response to an incredibly erroneous Oct. 7 letter about state Sen. Pam Althoff, I will repeat what I said in my letter published a month ago.
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    Editorial: Our endorsements for state Legislature
    10/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Today the Daily Southtown makes its endorsements in contested races in the Southland for the state Legislature.
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    Obama, Keyes concur on little
    10/18/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Campaigning in the nation's first U.S. Senate race between major-party African-American candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Alan Keyes present widely different approaches to civil rights and minority empowerment.
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    Editorial: Choices for Illinois Senate
    10/18/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Tribune offers its endorsements today in contested races for the Illinois Senate. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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    Editorial: More choices for Illinois House
    10/18/2004
    The Sun-Times continues its endorsements in contested area races for the Illinois House of Representatives.
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    Education serious issue for voters
    10/17/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Rebecca Lynn has a personal stake in America's education system.
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    Round 2: Pair face off again in 82nd House
    10/17/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    A west suburban Republican faces a rematch with her 2002 opponent to retain her seat in the General Assembly.
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    Editorial: Our candidate choices for state Legislature
    10/17/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Chicago Sun-Times today begins its endorsements for contested area seats in the Illinois General Assembly.
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    Candidates keep debating school tax plan
    10/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A controversial plan to overhaul education funding is a topic among the candidates for northern Kane County's state House seat even though the proposal has failed to gain support among Illinois lawmakers in Springfield.
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    Editorial: Final Illinois House choices
    10/16/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Tribune today concludes its endorsements in Illinois House races. The election is Nov. 2.
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    Ouimet targets schools
    10/15/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    CRYSTAL LAKE – Saying he wants to reduce class sizes, cut school debt, and give parents more paid leave for school visits, state Senate candidate Patrick Ouimet announced his education plan Thursday.
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    Dems smear candidate for backing schoolkids
    10/15/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The Democratic Party of Illinois is trying to smear a Republican candidate for the state Legislature who wants to improve public school funding.
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    Letter to the Editor: Learn the facts, then vote your conscience
    10/15/2004
    Due to voter apathy, District 158 lost its request for an increase in funds last spring. Over the summer, focus groups were held to determine what residents of District 158 value in education.
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    Letter to the Editor: Geneva referendum is good idea for kids
    10/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I remember coming to Geneva in the 1980s with a friend to visit her parents while we attended college at Northern Illinois University. On the drive from DeKalb, there were cornfields, not a car on the road and only one stop sign at Route 47 to slow us down.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dist. 87 hasn't made case for tax increase
    10/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As a retired public school educator, I should support the proposed District 87 tax increase. However, the increase seems exorbitant, given the lack of information thus far released. A lack of divulged information is not unusual.
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    Editorial: Endorsements
    10/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters along the North Shore from Glencoe to Lake Bluff and from points west like Deerfield, Northbrook, Des Plaines and Prospect Heights will elect a state senator in the 29th District on Nov. 2.
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    Editorial: Obama still looks like a winner to us
    10/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    When we endorsed Barack Obama for the United States Senate in the Democratic primary back in February, it was with a prideful certainty that the shining qualities with which he won us and many Illinoisans over would in due time make him a leading player on the main stage of national politics. But who could have known how quickly his star would ascend?
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    Editorial: Illinois House endorsements
    10/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Tribune continues its endorsements for the Illinois House.
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    Letter to the Editor: Priceless education
    10/14/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    I have a friend whose child attends school in District 158.
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    Voters must put students first on Nov. 2
    10/14/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    With the final presidential debate behind us, it’s time to take a look at something that won’t make it on Hardball or Hannity & Colmes – school referenda and the state legislature.
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    The Herald News candidates' forum
    10/14/2004
    Election platform: Incumbents and challengers face off on Will County issues Incumbents squared off against challengers Wednesday in a candidates' forum sponsored by The Herald News at Lincoln-Way Central High School.
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    Editorial: Our choices for House Dists. 46, 37, 48 and 95
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Republican state Rep. Randall Hultgren of Winfield pledged to make improvement of public safety a cornerstone of his legislative pursuits and has backed up that vow.
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    Voters have a say in cuts at Dist. 62
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Two million dollars - the equivalent of about 40 teachers' salaries - will have to be trimmed from Des Plaines Elementary District 62's 2005-06 spending plan if a November tax increase request fails at the polls, officials say.
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    State budget a concern for 59th District candidates
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Republican Paul S. Tully, an attorney from Riverwoods, is challenging Democratic incumbent Kathy Ryg, a Vernon Hills resident, for a two-year term as state representative of the 59th District, which covers all or part of Buffalo Grove, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Park City , Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and Wheeling.
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    Editorial: For the Illinois House
    10/14/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Tribune continues its endorsements today in contested races for the Illinois House. The election is Nov. 2.
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    How hopefuls differ on taxes
    10/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When the Meijer store in Rolling Meadows offered deeply discounted DVD players for its May grand opening, shoppers flooded the store and the $19 machines were gone within minutes.
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    State representative candidates follow party lines at school's forum
    10/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Police made campaign workers remove political signs from the parkway leading to Stevenson High School before a student-sponsored political forum Thursday night - but that was the extent of the wrangling, as state representative candidates stayed close to party lines.
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    Election 2004: Huckelberry wants school reform
    10/7/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Green candidate supports income tax for education The Green Party candidate for a seat in the Illinois House is backing a plan to raise state income taxes as a way to fund public schools.
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    Forby announces comprehensive economic development plan
    10/6/2004 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    State Senator Gary Forby D-Benton, has released a comprehensive economic development plan for Southern Illinois.
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    Write-in challenger for Althoff
    10/6/2004
    Dem opponent has $158,000 Cathy Peschke is not your typical new mom. This Harvard, Ill., anti-tax activist typifies the “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” character in the movie “Network.”
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    Parties keep watch on 59th district race
    10/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Two years ago, the 59th state representative district in southern Lake and northern Cook County was uncharted territory, a blank slate for political parties to stake a claim.
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    Franks, Moy address immigration, other issues
    10/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    State Rep. Jack Franks is facing a challenge from McHenry County Board member Perry Moy for his General Assembly seat representing the 63rd District.
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    Obama clarifies sex education views
    10/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barack Obama, addressing college students Tuesday in Lisle, moved to clarify that he does not support teaching explicit sex education to children in kindergarten.
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    Views differ on school funding reform
    10/5/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    State Sen. Pamela Althoff faces a challenge from Woodstock lawyer Patrick Ouimet for her state seat representing the 32nd District.
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    Letter to the Editor: Cloudy budget
    10/1/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Your Sept. 17 story about the confused budget picture in District 158 was excellent. The headline was brilliant: "District 158 slices budget, but its finances still cloudy."
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    November is your chance to make a difference
    8/10/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    Think your vote doesn't matter this November? Think again.
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