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    Fremont OKs referendum
    12/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Spring vote asking for $22 million won't increase tax rate, officials say
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    District 204 gets ducks in a row for tax vote
    12/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 officials are scheduling numerous meetings in the next few months to build support for a tax rate increase referendum.
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    LTHS seeks tax increase for new school
    12/20/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    $122 million price tag: Referendum would fund Homer Glen high school
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    Dist. 41 won't ask for money until the fall
    12/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    School board members in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 voted Monday night to bypass the March election in favor of asking voters in November to build a fifth- and sixth-grade center at Hadley Junior High.
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    Sycamore to decide on referendum
    12/19/2005 -
    DeKalb Daily Chronicle
    SYCAMORE - Growth and the means to handle it again will be the main topics during the city council's meeting tonight.
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    D-300 measures face battle
    12/19/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – School District 300 must traverse a steeplechase before voters will support a pair of referendums set for the March 21 ballot.
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    District 103 doing its homework for referendum in March
    12/19/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Now that the decision to go for a tax-rate referendum has been made, it's up to Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 officials to try and educate their residents why the measure is needed.
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    District 103 doing its homework for referendum in March
    12/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Now that the decision to go for a tax-rate referendum has been made, it's up to Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 officials to try and educate their residents why the measure is needed.
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    3 new grade schools proposed
    12/15/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign school district committee is calling for three new grade schools, including one in Savoy, in recommending a $68 million plan that voters would have to approve in March.
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    204 puts in for another $10 million from taxpayers
    12/14/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    Board approves $223.6 million levy
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    Glenbard schools OK vote on cash
    12/14/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Glenbard High School District 87 will take the politically safe route this March, asking voters permission to borrow money to meet its cash needs
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    Mundelein High board puts tax increase request on ballot
    12/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Mundelein-area voters will be asked to help bail out the financially struggling local high school when they enter polling places in three months.
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    District 15 agrees to make 6th attempt at tax increase
    12/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What it would cost Below are the annual increases a $200,000 homeowner can expect if voters approve the district's 44-cent education fund tax increase at the polls March 21. Figures include the Homestead Exemption.
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    Bond issue is not free
    12/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In handouts, in mailings and at school board meetings, Community Unit School District 300 officials say a proposed $185 million bond issue won't raise tax bills.
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    Schools' fate in voters' hands
    12/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    District 300 approves two March tax requests
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    D-300 mulls cuts for next fall
    12/9/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – What difference does a year make?
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    Decision looms on Rockford school-tax vote
    12/7/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    A levy that generates $14 million will expire in 2006 without an extension.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dollars and Sense
    12/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    I am a parent of two students in District 15, and one student in District 156. I'm not sure I know of anyone who wants their taxes to go up. I certainly don't. Let's see, I've been paying real-estate taxes in this county since 1992, long before my children started school, and I voted yes for the referendum in 1992.
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    District polling for input on bond issue
    12/3/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – School officials are stepping up efforts to promote a proposal to build and improve schools that will be part of a March referendum.
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    EGHM purchases land
    12/3/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    District 7 will be given option to buy property if referendum is passed The EGHM Foundation Board of Directors closed on its purchase Monday of a 15-acre tract of land in Glen Carbon. The foundation will provide District 7 an option to purchase the land as a site for a new elementary school. The land is located near the intersection of Glen Crossing Road and Old Troy Road.
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    Pec schools to ask for referendum
    12/2/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Officials plan to shorten the school day and cut sports and teachers if the tax increase doesn’t pass.
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    Committee delays referendum vote
    11/30/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    ST. CHARLES – Kane County has no recommendation on a referendum raising taxes to pay for senior aid – yet.
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    204 may slim down referendum request
    11/29/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    District considers folding some costs into budget
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    Dist. 204 eyes bare-bones referendum
    11/29/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Indian Prairie school board might again ask taxpayers for money to build a third high school, but the request probably wouldn’t include any extra cash for maintenance or technology upgrades.
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    Dist. 41 will ask for a tax increase to pay for student center
    11/29/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Glen Ellyn District 41 officials will definitely ask for a tax increase to finance the new fifth- and sixth-grade center.
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    Jacobs pupils rally for D-300 tax referendum
    11/28/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    ALGONQUIN – The District 300 school board will not vote until Dec. 12 on seeking a pair of tax referendums in the spring, as well as what costs to cut should the tax measures fail.
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    Referendums aim at overcrowding
    11/28/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    2 school districts face similar problems

    The school boards at Edwardsville and Triad will vote tonight on whether to place building referendums on the March ballot to address the twin problems of overcrowding and outdated buildings.
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    Panel takes aim at tax rate
    11/22/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Keeping a pledge to taxpayers will be the focus of discussion tonight as the District 158 Finance Advisory Committee takes aim at a precise tax levy.
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    Dilemmas abound for D-300 members on referendum
    11/22/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – One of the biggest obstacles in getting a pair of District 300 referendums passed in March could be taxpayer confusion.
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    District 204 spells out timeline for setting referendum question
    11/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The holidays will be even busier for Indian Prairie Unit District 204 administrators as they research the bulk of the answers in December needed to form a referendum question next spring.
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    Dist. 95 to again ask voters for tax rate hike
    11/20/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    Taxpayers in two area communities will likely be asked to dig deeper into their wallets to fund local schools this spring.
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    D-300 mulls referendum options
    11/18/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 officials on Thursday morning began exploring how to avoid repeating the referendum mistakes of nearby District 158.
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    Kildeer schools rule out tax hike
    11/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Kildeer Countryside School District 96 officials are considering putting a referendum on the ballot but say they are not asking for a tax increase.
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    Kildeer schools rule out tax hike
    11/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Kildeer Countryside School District 96 officials are considering putting a referendum on the ballot but say they are not asking for a tax increase.
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    District 300 superintendent details possible cuts
    11/15/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Members of the District 300 school board choked up Monday night when reacting to the superintendent's recommendations on what costs to cut if referendums proposed for March 2006 do not pass.
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    District 300 calls tax hike essential
    11/15/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Cuts in programs, staff loom, chief says
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    District will ask for tax increase
    11/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 will ask voters next March to approve its first tax rate increase in 11 years.
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    Dist. 300 draws hard line in the sand
    11/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Superintendent outlines severe cuts if two tax increases fail
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    Dist. 204 to ask for money — again
    11/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    This time, officials say they’ll be clearer about the details

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Indian Prairie leaders are laying the groundwork to ask voters for money to build a third high school to solve crowding problems.

    Sound familiar?
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    School board weighs rate hike
    11/12/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    After months of discussions, Mundelein High School District officials are close to putting a funding request on the March ballot.
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    Dist. 200 explores new school vote
    11/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Best-case-scenario preparation is beginning in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 with an eye toward a March referendum on Hubble Middle School.
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    Editorial: Case will need to be made for third high school
    11/9/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    It looks very much as if voters in Indian Prairie School District 204 will be faced with a referendum question on the ballot next March.
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    High school district to seek tax increase
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    OAK LAWN -- In a bid to stem a tide of red ink and avoid cutting educational programs, Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 will ask voters for a 22-cent increase in the education tax fund rate.
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    District 7 may float single referendum for building 2 schools, improvements
    11/8/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    EDWARDSVILLE - The voters in the Edwardsville School District 7 may only be asked to approve one building referendum on the March ballot to build two elementary schools and for other school improvements.
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    D-300 employs caution
    11/8/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 has drafted a resolution that promises to take advantage of a tax-rate increase for 2005 only, in hopes that voters will approve the increase next spring.
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    Dist. 300 board weighs spring tax requests
    11/8/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials, residents evaluating options to avoid other district’s tax mistakes
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    Tax bill would erase lots of confusion
    11/2/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Our local legislators are working during this week's veto session to win approval of a bill that would simplify school tax referendums and how they affect taxpayers.
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    Dist. 301 board favors larger tax hike request
    11/2/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Taxpayers living in Central Unit District 301 will see a more expensive request for a tax increase in the next election if discussions from a special meeting are any indication.
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    Edwardsville school district considers referendums to fund two new schools
    10/31/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville School District 7 has three sites to chose from when determining where to place two new schools to address the overcrowding problems at the elementary level.
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    Tax cap law’s application often leads to errors
    10/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Lawmakers debating changes for rule that caused taxpayers in one district to overpay by $6 million
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    D-200 projects may go to voters
    10/28/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    WOODSTOCK – A $97 million building referendum to fund new construction that would include District 200's second high school could appear on the March 21 ballot.
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    The numbers add up to support for school referendum
    10/28/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    Thank my wife. All those who were insulted, offended, irritated, aggravated and otherwise put off by last week's missive should give a shout out to Kellie, my partner lo these last 20 years.
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    Triad mulls referendum to upgrade schools
    10/27/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    TROY - Triad District 2 likely will go to voters with a referendum in March seeking about $40.4 million for school improvements and expansions.
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    A plan to simplify tax referendums
    10/27/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Legislation would make real cost of tax-hike requests clearer to voters
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    Dist. 15 approves $2.1 million in cuts if tax-hike request fails
    10/26/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Parents, teachers and community members made a final pitch to persuade McHenry Elementary District 15 officials to reconsider making millions of dollars in cuts if the district’s referendum fails.
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    District 7 begins referendum talk
    10/25/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Concerns arise over elementary crowding
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    Dist. 87 debates timing for referendum
    10/25/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Everyone on the school board in Glenbard High School District 87 agrees the district needs more money.
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    D-50 parents, groups fill funding gap
    10/24/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HARVARD – As Mari K. Zmuda works to provide props and costumes for Harvard High School's annual musical, she's hoping that students won't have to say "Bye Bye Birdie" to stage productions in the future.

    Zmuda, along with several other parents and community members, is determined to make sure thata events and programs such as the fall musical, and band and choir groups are spared from District 50's chopping block with the help of self-funding.
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    Fieldcrest to realign grades
    10/22/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    MINONK - Fieldcrest will realign grades next school year and present another tax referendum to the public as part of a master plan to make the financially struggling district more efficient and to increase revenue.
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    Letter to the Editor: Proud of committee's role
    10/22/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    In recent weeks, I have watched with keen interest as community members in Lincoln-Way High School District 210 have begun to voice their opinions regarding the upcoming District 210 building referendum — keen interest not only because I am a parent of two children in the district, but also because I have participated in the process leading up to this referendum decision.
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    Back to school on District 202 referendum
    10/21/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    In honor of my beloved Chicago White Sox, winners of the 2005 American League pennant, one half of this year's World Series, owners of 99 victories and one of the best pitching staffs in modern memory — OK, I'll stop, the sound of Cubs fans jumping out of windows is irritating — I begin with a baseball quote.
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    Few fans of D-50 cuts drawn to forum
    10/18/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HARVARD – The exchange Monday night between parent Ron Burlingame and District 50 school board President Ken Book was simple and brief.
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    Winfield schools put off tax vote in March
    10/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    There won’t be any effort on the part of Winfield Elementary District 34 to get more dollars next spring.
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    Glenbard board gauging views on school issues
    10/14/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    WESTERN SUBURBS -- Glenbard High School District 87 wants community input before seeking a tax increase.
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    Dist. 87 referendum proposal pitched, delayed
    10/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Administrators in Glenbard High School District 87 are suggesting they might seek two tax hikes from voters over a span of five years.
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    Dist. 87 may ask voters for two tax hikes
    10/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Administrators in Glenbard High School District 87 are suggesting they might seek two tax hikes from voters over a span of five years.
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    School board drafts ballot questions
    10/13/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    YORKVILLE -- With classroom space increasingly tight and even more students on the horizon, the Yorkville school district will again seek voter approval of two referendum questions to help handle the growth.
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    Charges fly over failed referendum
    10/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Dist. 1, Libertyville group accuse each other of unfair tactics
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    Winthrop Harbor voters again reject school tax hike
    10/12/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    For the fourth time in two years, voters in Winthrop Harbor rejected a tax increase Tuesday to generate more money for District 1 elementary schools.
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    Dist. 15 puts price on failed request
    10/12/2005 -
    Daily Egyptian
    McHenry Elementary District 15 school officials have presented the community with two options — approve an education fund referendum request, or they’ll be forced to make millions more in cuts.
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    Tax vote decision gets closer
    10/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    District 87 board wrestles with referendum question, waits for resident poll
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    Letter to the Editor: Supports Lincoln-Way proposal
    10/9/2005 -

    The Star
    The March 2006 Lincoln-Way High School referendum is an easy referendum to support — two new school campuses, improvements at the current schools, enhanced participation opportunities for all students, keeping feeder school districts together, manageable class size, at no increased tax rate for the public.
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    Glenbard district eyes new tax hike
    10/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    3rd increase proposal drops to 12-cent boost
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    Plainfield on the fence for referendum
    10/4/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    School district weighs options: Two possible building bond issues vary by $26.4 million
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    D-200 budget includes boost to tech program
    9/29/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    WOODSTOCK – Despite adding about $279,000 for a new program and increasing allowances for fuel and natural gas, District 200 will operate under a nearly balanced budget this year.
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    District 15 will pursue vote on tax rate
    9/28/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    McHENRY – District 15 school board members decided Tuesday night to put forth a tax referendum in March.
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    District 204 delays enrollment vote, plots for next referendum
    9/27/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Indian Prairie District 204 school board on Monday again delayed giving formal approval to the range of numbers said to represent enrollment projections for the next 10 years.
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    North Boone officials to explain reasons for referendum request
    9/24/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    POPLAR GROVE -- The North Boone School District will go to voters in March to ask for millions to pay for large additions at two schools.
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    D300 considers consequences if a tax rate referendum fails
    9/16/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    CARPENTERSVILLE — Without a tax rate increase, Community Unit School District 300 could face larger classes, budget cuts and workers exasperated enough to quit, officials said, based on draft financial projections reviewed Thursday.
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    R-B High eyes referendum to fund repairs
    9/7/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    Students and staff at Riverside-Brookfield High School face the possibility of an updated facility as the Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 Board of Education moves forward with its construction plan, and the community will have to decide if it wants to support the project through a referendum officials say is inevitable.
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    Emergency tax vote ordered for struggling school district
    8/31/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Winthrop Harbor has resisted increase

    In a highly unusual move, a Lake County circuit judge has given the green light for an emergency tax-increase vote to be held Oct. 11 by an elementary school district in north suburban Winthrop Harbor.
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    Fox Lake school district mulls referendum
    8/27/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    FOX LAKE — The Fox Lake Elementary School District is reviewing review its 2005-06 operating budget, and considering a referendum question seeking an increase to the education fund rate on the March 21 election ballot.
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    Dist. 23 wants advice on tax increase
    8/25/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 Board wants to consider a referendum to request a tax increase.
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    District 95 deficit hints at possible referendum
    8/24/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    Brookfield-La Grange Park District 95 plans to operate just over $500,000 in the red this school year.
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    Tax vote unlikely in U-46
    8/24/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    2 requests have failed; district will look for ‘other ways,’ CFO says
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    District 204 creates plan to engage voters
    8/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie voters want more information to support a future tax increase and board members are prepared to give it to them.
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    Glenbard may try again on tax hike
    8/19/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Although voters have rejected two tax-rate increase proposals in the last year, the Glenbard High School District 87 board is toying with the idea of asking again.
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    Survey says Dist. 204 residents open to 2nd tax vote
    8/19/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie voters would support a future referendum if they receive more information from the district and it would cost them less than the last proposal, according to survey results presented Thursday evening.
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    L-Way district champions 2 high schools
    8/10/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Vote in March: Residents hear pros of costly building bond referendum
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    LTHS brass hammer out funding plan
    8/10/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Thursday workshop: Amount of money for March referendum should be figured
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    School referendum group gets big donor
    8/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    New York securities trader Kenneth A. Monahan isn’t shy about opening his wallet to help Gurnee Elementary District 56’s referendum efforts, according to state records.
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    Vendors supported District 20 referendum
    8/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A Mundelein High School District 120 community group that supported three funding requests this year primarily was financed by businesses with school contracts, state records show.
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    Wheaton officials chime in on Dist. 41 school referendum
    8/2/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Wheaton officials made it clear Monday night how they’d vote on Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41’s upcoming March referendum to build a new elementary school.
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    Referendum effort aided by contractors
    8/2/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A Mundelein High School District 120 community group that supported three funding requests this year primarily was financed by businesses with school contracts, state records show.
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    Dist. 220 tax hike to wait until questions answered
    7/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    To get the community to support its expansion plan, members of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 Board of Education know they must first get answers to other things, like how much the project will cost, how limited the interaction between fifth- and eighth-graders will be, and how the attendance boundaries will be altered.
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    Dist. 300 considers tax increases
    7/8/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Community Unit District 300 officials plan to meet with the members of two resident-led advisory groups in the next few months to hash out the details of two tax increase proposals.
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    D-300 building referendum support
    7/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – The District 300 school board talked Wednesday night about how to convey that the district's need for more schools, staff and renovations is beyond important; it is dire.

    The backdrop was a work session involving the board and two advisory panels that want the board, and in spring 2006 the public, to endorse a pair of referendums to generate more than $250 million in property taxes over five years.
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    Millions left off budget before vote
    7/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Documents show Huntley District 158 administrators knowingly left $3 million out of the district’s budget before the November vote on a 55-cent tax-rate increase, school board member Larry Snow said Tuesday.
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    Editorial: Our View: D-158 keeps on spinning
    7/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Just about all of the fundamental assumptions about District 158's successful November 2004 referendum have been proved wrong.
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    Crouse gets an earful on referendum
    6/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie parents aren’t afraid to say exactly why they voted against the district’s April tax increase request.
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    Dist. 300 group pushes tax hike for projects
    6/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Members of Community Unit District 300’s resident-led building committee addressed the school board Monday, recommending a $185 million bond referendum to fund new construction projects.

    In particular, the money would fund a new high school and three new elementary schools, as well as renovations and additions to many of the district’s 23 existing schools.
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    District keeps budget on track to reach referendum goals
    6/21/2005 -

    Naperville Sun

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    Unit 5 readies for growth
    6/15/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    District considering new schools, additions for expanding enrollment

    NORMAL -- Building new schools, adding to existing ones, leasing portable classrooms or even changing the school year are options Unit 5 will consider in the next few years to cope with growing enrollment.


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    Indian Prairie mulls referendum
    6/9/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a09ipref.htm
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    District 41 to review its referendum pitch
    6/8/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What did they say and when did they say it? That’s the question Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 officials say they’ll answer later this month regarding the pitch the district made to residents before its 2001 referendum.
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    Panel investigates funds used to support referendum
    6/3/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    District 46: Complaint filed against superintendent
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    Pact for using schools
    6/3/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    New Lenox: School, park districts make deal to avoid fees
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    Residents group studying District 15 tax hike failure
    5/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 may or may not be heading for another referendum in 2006, but the residents group that supported a tax increase in February is already at work to make sure the proposal passes if it does appear on the ballot.
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    N. Boone leader: Tax vote possible
    5/25/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    North Boone taxpayers could be asked for more money for their schools as early as next year to prepare for a 100 percent increase in enrollment.

    Superintendent Michael House- log used the word ''referendum'' as part of his State of the Schools address Tuesday night at the new high school. Houselog told 60-plus visitors that enrollment is expected to double in the next three years.
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    Editorial: Ensuring truth in tax collection
    5/25/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    When you elect to vote for a tax increase for schools, you do so for the noblest of reasons — to make sure children have the resources they need to get the very best educational experience.
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    Yorkville trims next year's school plans
    5/24/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    Failed referendums: District to forgo new positions, a few programs
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    Financial experts will settle District 203’s tax debate
    5/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Naperville Unit District 203 officials say they will ask independent financial experts to help them determine whose numbers are correct when it comes to the results of a 2002 property tax referendum question.
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    Fox Lake may again seek tax increase
    5/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Fox Lake voters may again be asked to help cover the rising cost of education.
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    Board rejects petition on bond issue
    5/17/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    After two hours of line-by-line review, a Lake Zurich board concluded Monday night there weren’t enough valid signatures on a petition to put a $10 million bond issue on the March 21, 2006, ballot for voter approval.
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    Group: Up tax rate in D300
    5/13/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    In education fund: Panel recommends increasing rate by 55 cents per $100 of EAV
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    Few parents voted on school requests
    5/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    YORKVILLE -- Yorkville school officials knew that low turnout had worked against their efforts to pass two school referendum measures in the far west suburban district last month.
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    D-200 board considering 2006 referendum
    5/3/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 200 officials recommended Monday that the school board decide by this fall whether it would have a referendum in spring 2006 to fund the construction of new schools.
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    Tax-rate increase allows Orland to rehire staffers originally cut
    5/1/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Orland School District 135 will rehire 71 of 83 staff members who were to lose their jobs until voters approved a property tax-rate increase on April 5.
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    Letter to the Editor: Why we said no
    4/28/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/opinions/letters/j28letters.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: 'No’ vote will cost us more in future
    4/27/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    I am sorry to be writing this letter after the citizens of District 56 yet again failed to do the right thing. If you don’t want to pay now, we will all pay much more in the future.
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    What's behind 'no' votes on school referendum?
    4/27/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/opinions/columnists/holinger/gv0427rick2.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: No voters aren’t to blame in Dist. 87
    4/25/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    I voted no to the District 87 tax referendum and still feel very strongly that it was the right choice. People who place blame on the no-voters are steering their anger in the wrong direction. We did not make the decisions on the unnecessary layoffs and program cuts that have been implemented, the district administration and the school board did.
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    Citizen asks District 203 why ballot question chosen
    4/24/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/naper/news/n0424tax.htm
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    Tryon asks for D-158's support on tax referendum bill
    4/22/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    State Rep. Mike Tryon told District 158 school board members that a bill he was sponsoring would eliminate the confusion and controversy that surrounded the district's November referendum in the future.
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    Letter to the Editor: Voters getting unfair criticism in Dist. 87
    4/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    I think that it is unfair to place the blame for the sad state of affairs in District 87 on the voters just because of a failed referendum.
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    Vote lets Dist. 105 plan growth, not closings
    4/20/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    All schools in La Grange School District 105 will remain open after voters ap-proved a 44 cent increase for the district's education fund by a 520-vote margin.
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    Tax hike defeat sends Dist. 95 back to people
    4/20/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    Brookfield-La Grange Park School District 95 by a narrow margin failed to convince voters to approve a 38 cent tax rate increase to boost the district's education fund.
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    Letter to the Editor: Our town stood up for the children, school
    4/20/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/lway/opinions/j20lwcol.htm
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    Editorial: Tax cap holes hurt taxpayers
    4/19/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/naper/editorials/n0419edit.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Tax hike vote research would be waste of money
    4/18/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/search/default.asp
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    Depth of D-15 cuts are sinking in slowly
    4/18/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    For Annette Korstanje, another failed District 15 referendum means fewer advantages for future leaders – the children.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lessons learned in Orland Park
    4/18/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Since the big push to get the referendum proposal passed in Orland School District 135, the village and its residents are more aware of the many problems that face them.
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    Reality sets in for District 87
    4/15/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    With referendum's failure, students face program cuts
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    Letter to the Editor: SD 117 board member: Thanks
    4/15/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    To the people who live in the boundaries of North Palos School District 117:
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    Dist. 204 exploring why tax hike failed
    4/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Time is of the essence in learning why voters rejected a recent tax hike request for Indian Prairie Unit District 204, officials say, but members of a committee studying the issue are learning it takes time to find the answers.
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    Clerk compiles referendum study
    4/14/2005 -

    Pioneer Press
    Following a decade-long trend of adding referendums to ballots across suburban Cook County, largely to bolster municipal funding, voters showed yet again on election day that in many cases they are willing to dig deep to improve local services, according to a report released by the Cook County clerk's office.
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    Referendums face tough road in county
    4/14/2005 -

    Pioneer Press
    More than 40 percent of all referendum questions on the April 5 ballot in Lake County were approved, a big jump in the success rate of public questions compared with 29.2 percent in 2004 and 28 percent in 2003.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dist. 87 needs to try new funding ideas
    4/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Since the defeat of District 87’s attempt to increase property taxes again, I have read many letters from people appalled by the defeat, convinced that home values will be decreased, student sports and other extracurricular events will be eliminated, and that there will be a need to possibly attend summer school if they cannot obtain the proper amount of credits with six classes. Although some of these may take effect, I am appalled that past and present school boards and administrators did not have the vision or leadership to prevent or minimize this situation.
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    Editorial: Schools' dire straits seen in referendum results
    4/12/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    While the Legislature and the governor debate whether and how to increase state financial aid to local school districts, voters in those districts are sending a strong message that they are tired of picking up the state's slack.
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    D-158 weighs options for construction funding
    4/12/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 158 school board President Mike Skala said Monday that he favored using a mixture of leftover funding from a November 2002 referendum and impact fees to pay for an estimated $11 million middle school addition.
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    With defeat of referendum, Plainfield schools exploring options
    4/12/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/naper/news/n0412pfd.htm
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    District hopes to strike while voters hot
    4/12/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    Committee talks survey to understand why building proposal failed
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    Poll results
    4/11/2005 -
    The Capitol Fax Blog
    As promised in today's Capitol Fax, here is most of the poll that was released last week by SEIU and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
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    Letter to the Editor: Thrilled tax hike was approved
    4/11/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I'm thrilled the Kirby School District 140 tax-increase proposal passed. That's a victory for our children.
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    Letter to the Editor: SD 126 won't use 'hit list' to campaign for tax increase
    4/11/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    As chairman of the Friends of District 126, I take slight offense to your editorial in Friday's Daily Southtown.
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    Letter to the Editor: Voters who stayed home hurt students
    4/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In the failed November 2004 Glenbard District 87 referendum request, 25,000 voters said yes to a tax increase of 45 cents over two years. In the failed April 2005 Glenbard District 87 referendum request of 33 cents over two years, only 15,000 yes voters made it to the polls to show their support for our children and the future of education in our community.
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    Letter to the Editor: Voting ‘no’ means saying no to students
    4/11/2005
    I am appalled at the outcome of the District 87 referendum. The money they were asking for in both the November and April vote is, I understand, tough for most of us, but what about the kids? Aren’t they our priorities? The kids will not be able to pursue any other interests, whether it be sports (what will be left of them) or special interests in other classes out of the prerequisites.
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    Editorial: Full disclosure needed in referendums
    4/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    So it may be understandable that forces supporting the ballot questions try to keep the message simple when selling a tax increase to voters. But, as Daily Herald staff writers Jeffrey Gaunt and Catherine Edman reported Sunday, sometimes that simple message is simply wrong.
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    St. Charles schools prepare for life after failed referendum
    4/10/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/city/a10scref.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Voting to support schools
    4/10/2005 -

    The Star
    I would like to thank each citizen who voted "yes" for Manhattan's education referendum rate on Tuesday.
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    Kane County refuses to pay D-158 tax hike
    4/8/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HUNTLEY – Kane County officials will not honor School District 158's November tax increase, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Paul Halverson told members of the Finance Committee on Thursday night.
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    Letter to the Editor: Schools are doing, costing too much
    4/8/2005
    Orland School District 135 made a smart move in putting its referendum proposal on the ballot during a local election year, notorious for extremely low voter turnout.
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    Editorial: SD 117 cut threats lead to 'yes' votes
    4/8/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Urgency seems to have been the key word for school districts trying to persuade voters to give them more tax money with which to work.
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    Editorial: School officials left to their own devices
    4/8/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/opinions/j08edit.htm
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    Editorial: Voters in three districts say 'yes' to education
    4/8/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    THE ISSUE: Voters in Orland 135, Kirby 140 and Summit Hill 161 approve proposals, but those in New Lenox 122 and Matteson 159 say 'no.'
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    Schools taxed by voters across state; Most rate hikes fail; budgets to be cut
    4/7/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    In a post-election scene that's become the norm, school administrators across the Chicago suburbs returned to work Wednesday saying they may have to cut more teachers, programs and even the school day.
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    Belvidere's next challenge: Find money to run school
    4/7/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Voters approved building a high school but turned down a tax boost for operating it.
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    Elections only the beginning
    4/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    It's still a little early to take a deep post-election breath, but there is much to ponder out here in our big corner of McHenry County.
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    D-50 officials get budget knife ready
    4/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 50 voters made it clear they don't mind cuts that will be inevitable after yet another failed referendum, school board President Ken Book said Wednesday.
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    Cuts loom in District 15
    4/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Letters went out Wednesday to tenured School District 15 teachers who face job reassignments in the wake of the district's fifth consecutive referendum failure.
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    D-36 gets goodies back
    4/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    "Good morning" greetings Wednesday at Harrison Elementary School were replaced with high-fives.
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    Referendum's loss may mean mobile classrooms
    4/7/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Mobile classrooms may be needed to help alleviate overcrowding in Manteno schools after the failure of a referendum Tuesday.
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    Editorial: School solution still necessary
    4/7/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/naper/editorials/n0407edit.htm
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    Efficiency, foresight on 204 voters' minds
    4/7/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    With measure defeated, district to reconsider ways to handle crowding
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    D301, D303 ponder losses
    4/7/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    Failed referendums: Educators must find options for handling growing enrollment
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    Morris residents deny referendums
    4/7/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Education fund tax: High school prepares to borrow money
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    Kaneland voters a big hit with high school students
    4/7/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    Referendum approval: Ballot rejection would have meant end to after-school activities
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    Limited relief for school districts; Tax increases win, but cuts will stay, with more to come
    4/7/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    School districts in northwest suburban Cook County breathed a heavy sigh of relief Wednesday after a trio of tax-rate increases won support in Tuesday's election.
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    Lake Villa district fires 29 after voters reject tax hike
    4/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    One day after its tax increase request failed, the Lake Villa Elementary District 41 school board Wednesday night fired 29 teachers.
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    Cuts next step for Gurnee elementary district
    4/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Weighty decisions loom for Gurnee Elementary District 56 leaders now that voters gave their seventh consecutive rejection to an education fund tax-increase request.
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    Glenbard schools prepare for cuts in wake of tax hike failure
    4/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Stunned. That seemed the most apt way to describe the mood around Glenbard South High School Wednesday.
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    Defeat forces McHenry Elementary to cut $1.2 million
    4/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Classes throughout McHenry Elementary District 15 will be a little more crowded next year as a result of the district’s fifth straight failed referendum request.
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    Dist. 26 looks at where to begin cutting
    4/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    When asked whether increased taxes or reduced spending is the answer to the financial problems facing River Trails Elementary District 26, voters overwhelmingly chose spending cuts.
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    Voters say ‘no’ to River Trails tax hike
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters in River Trails Elementary District 26 rejected a tax increase request Tuesday.
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    Thornton to tighten belt; Orland keeps band, sports
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    South suburban voters Tuesday appeared to be opening their checkbooks to support open space and some school districts, while other struggling school districts dealt with the prospect of more program cuts.
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    Voters mobilize against tax increases
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Last week, nearly 40 educators in Glenbard High School District 87 received notices of termination.
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    School tax increases a tough sell
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    With sports, art classes and gifted programs already cut in their neighborhood schools, voters in Gurnee, Grayslake and other north suburban communities rejected school tax increases.
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    $62.5M for new school wins Belvidere voters' OK
    4/6/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    A get-out-the-information effort is credited, but a second tax hike request is defeated.
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    Troy education referendum rejected
    4/6/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    School officials: Art, athletics, foreign languages and other programs will be cut
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    School tax issues lose in Yorkville
    4/6/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    Changes coming: District to raise class sizes, cut programs, consider another referendum
    Read more...

    East vote says no to buses for students
    4/6/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a06busing.htm
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    East vote says no to buses for students
    4/6/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a06busing.htm
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    School votes paddled again
    4/6/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    Tax hikes: Gurnee hits record loss; Oak Grove, Grass Lake win
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    D-50 referendum falls flat
    4/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HARVARD – Voters in School District 50 on Tuesday turned down a 55-cent tax- rate increase and elected a newcomer to the school board.
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    D-19's bid for funds rejected
    4/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Alden-Hebron District 19 officials lost their bid to fund improvements and new classrooms on Tuesday when voters rejected two referendums seeking tax increases.
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    Programs welcomed back in D-36
    4/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    WONDER LAKE – Summer school, art enrichment and more are back at Harrison School District 36.
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    A Few Surprises In Local Races
    4/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Local voters presented incumbents with mixed results Tuesday, returning some to their posts but unseating others.
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    New Lenox District 122 goes back to drawing board
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Tax increase to operate 3 planned schools fail
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    SD 135: Tax hike? Yes, voters declare
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Orland School District 135 will build additions to three overcrowded schools and restore deep staff and programming cuts thanks to voter generosity.
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    The votes are in - how did your district do?
    4/6/2005
    School referenda news from around the state...
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    Local voters settle education issues at polls
    4/6/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Voters in the Elverado School District voted down a proposal for a 3 percent tax increase for school funding purposes Tuesday night.
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    Third high school falls
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    It’s back to the drawing board for Indian Prairie Unit District 204.
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    Clinton education fund referendum fails: Measure defeated easily; Arcola schools tax increase approved
    4/6/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The Clinton School District's proposed property tax increase for the education fund was defeated handily Tuesday, losing 2,333 to 1,303.
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    District 211 voters back controversial referendum
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters Tuesday gave Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 permission — and money — to continue all its existing programs.
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    Open spaces edge out schools in referendums
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Suburban voters reached deep into their pockets to hike their taxes for preserving open space on Tuesday, but they weren't as eager to give money to schools in referendum balloting.
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    Voters mobilize against tax increases
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Last week, nearly 40 educators in Glenbard High School District 87 received notices of termination.
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    School tax increases a tough sell
    4/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Grayslake, Gurnee bids fail, but some districts succeed
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    Third high school falls
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    It’s back to the drawing board for Indian Prairie Unit District 204.
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    Third time could be charm for school referendum
    4/5/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Manteno voters will decide Tuesday whether to allow school district officials to borrow more money to help meet the needs of the cash-strapped district.
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    Mayoral contests, school tax issues dominate ballots
    4/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Referendum questions involving hundreds of millions of dollars and mayoral races from Berwyn to Aurora will be decided as suburban voters head to the polls Tuesday for municipal and township elections.
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    Referendums, mayors' races may lure voters
    4/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The political landscape in the south and southwest suburbs could undergo dramatic change Tuesday as voters in more than three dozen communities choose mayors to lead their municipalities for the next four years.
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    Close races, tax issues may lift voter turnout
    4/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Voters in dozens of northwest suburbs, townships and school districts have a chance Tuesday to reshape their government.
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    Today’s tri-village ballot loaded; Voters to decide on tax increases, leaders for schools and districts alike
    4/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Today’s tri-village ballot loaded with important local races, potential tax increases.
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    Area ballots have hefty races, requests
    4/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Decisions about taxes, development and social programs for the next four to six years will largely start with today’s local elections.
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    Schools anxiously await Tuesday's election results...
    4/4/2005
    April 5 will decide the fate for many school districts as over 60 school tax referenda face voters across the state. Click here to see which districts are running referrenda. (SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Elections)
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    Races, referendums expected to draw high turnout Tuesday
    4/4/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a04turnout.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Preserving first-rate schools
    4/4/2005 -

    The Star
    I am writing this letter encouraging Orland Park voters to vote "yes" on the District 135 referendum. Without this extra money, the schools will not only loose after school activities (band, orchestra, choir and sports), but more than 60 teachers will be cut.
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    Deerfield school-tax critic points to genetics
    4/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Campaign literature sent to Deerfield residents over the weekend claims that schools there don't need more tax money because pupils already have the means to be successful with accomplished parents and good genes.
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    School vote puts focus on scores
    4/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Test scores and math curriculum have fueled contentious debate in the race to fill four spots on the Wilmette Elementary School District 39 board, as three challengers argue that the district trails neighboring schools in academics.
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    Forum draws 22 candidates
    4/4/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Minooka-Channahon: Focus on school races and a referendum
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    Kaneland students rally for tax increase
    4/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Last fall, when Kaneland tax-rate increase supporters had a recruiting night, only a handful of people showed up.
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    Dist. 26 voters to judge need for tax hike
    4/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Tuesday is decision day for voters in River Trails Elementary District 26.
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    Tax-hike backers seek support at doorstep
    4/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Her breath gets there first, hanging like a cloud near the doorknob as her bare hands — good for clutching a clipboard — rap at the front door.
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    At odds over tax-rate increase; Dist. 211 defends need; some taxpayers cry foul
    4/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    While taxpayers in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 are being asked to help preserve the educational experience for the more than 13,000 students, some in the community believe teachers and administrators should be shouldering more of the burden.
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    Letter to the Editor: Support District 117 schools
    4/3/2005 -

    The Star
    Four years ago, my family moved from Chicago to Hickory Hills in search of a better education for my two young children.
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    Editorial: State fails schools, so it's up to voters to OK tax requests
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Once again, school districts all over the Southland are asking voters to authorize tax increases to keep their struggling programs afloat.
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    Don't make kids pay for adult decisions
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    People are always looking for reasons not to fund the schools.
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    Editorial: District 15: Yes
    4/1/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    There's no turning back for McHenry District 15 if Tuesday's tax referendum fails.
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    Editorial: District 36: Yes
    4/1/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Residents in Harrison District 36 don't have many options for their elementary school.
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    Editorial: Vote 'no' in SD 132
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Earlier this year, the board in Calumet Park School District 132 was advised by its financial consultant and school superintendent that it had to take three steps if it wanted to avoid a state takeover of the district.
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    Editorial: D-19: Yes, yes
    4/1/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    We recommend that voters in Alden-Hebron District 19 approve both tax referendums Tuesday to repair school buildings and build an addition.
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    Dist. 211 promises only 2-year tax hike
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Palatine-Schaumburg School District 211 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Letter to the Editor: They’re worried over Dist. 26 future
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    On Tuesday’s ballot we urge everyone to join us in voting yes on the referendum question for River Trails School District 26. As involved parents, we see a great learning environment with dedicated and talented teachers and support staff. In addition to teachers, our district directly hires custodians and bus drivers so we have a consistent team of people interacting with our children. We also have great music and art programs giving children more outlets for success.
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    Why you could pay more than you’ve been told in Dist. 62
    4/1/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Des Plaines Elementary District 62 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Referendums have schools again holding their breath
    3/31/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    If Grass Lake School fails to pass a tax increase next week, it won't have to worry about eliminating the girls basketball team.
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    Schools push for tax hike
    3/31/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Tinley-area district was rejected last year
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    Letter to the Editor: Invest in Clinton's schools, and its future
    3/31/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    I am a lifelong resident of Clinton. I went through the Clinton school system, as did my three children. During these two generations I observed a sense of community pride in our school district. Excellent teachers and a board curriculum provided all our students with the opportunity to become well prepared for life after high school.
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    Letter to the Editor: Facts support ‘yes’ vote in District 87
    3/31/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    As a former government auditor, I decided to sort through the emotional rhetoric I was hearing against Glenbard District 87’s referendum on April 5 and educate myself on the facts. The facts support a yes vote for the referendum.
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    Editorial: Ballot questions for Grass Lake 36, Lake Villa fire
    3/31/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Time is running out for tiny Grass Lake Elementary District 36. The financially troubled one-building district in Antioch is trying for the sixth — and final — time to raise taxes.
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    Editorial: ‘Yes’ for Wauconda and Oak Grove schools
    3/31/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Wauconda Unit District 118 Wauconda Unit District 118, like the area the school district serves, is suffering from growing pains. The explosive residential growth in Wauconda, Island Lake, Volo and Lakemoor has brought a flood of pupils into the district’s five schools, all of which are expected to reach capacity by 2007.
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    Editorial: St. Charles School Dist. 303
    3/31/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In 2014, St. Charles school district officials see enrollment sitting at around 17,300. Expanded East and North high schools will have grown to 2,600 students each. There are four middle schools, with 13 or 14 elementary schools feeding into them. And most importantly, four decades of growth has finally stopped.
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    Letter to the Editor: Education an investment for a lifetime
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I'm asking for our community's help as we approach Election Day on Tuesday. The appeal is simply to vote "yes" and pass the referendum proposal for School District 140.
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    Letter to the Editor: Why seniors should back school tax
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    We're noticed when we drive on the interstate at a cautious 35 miles an hour or create a traffic jam at the checkout counter while we dredge our purse for the exact change. We enjoy our Social Security checks and senior discounts.
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    Editorial: Support your schools
    3/30/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Here are our recommendations for school district referendums in Kankakee and Iroquois counties: Crescent City Grade School District 275 and the Crescent-Iroquois High School District -- Voters are being asked to approve merging of the elementary and high school districts into a community unit school district. While we strongly support the opportunity to merge services, this proposal also has tremendous importance for the people who want to preserve their local school system.
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    Struggling district to lay off 60 people
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Calumet Park schools hope to stave off state takeover with job cuts, referendum questions
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    Tax hike has big backing
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Orland group pushes hard for referendum that could save SD 135 from unkind cuts
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    Schools hold breath on tax hikes
    3/30/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    From weighty decisions that will affect the quality of education for hundreds of students to a question about what to do with land a town already has sold to developers, voters in the northwest suburbs will face a smorgasbord of referendums Tuesday.
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    Decision time
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The task would be daunting for a school board full of seasoned veterans.
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    Dist. 62 plans for either case in tax request
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What it says Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 be increased and established at 2.31 percent upon all the taxable property of said district at the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, instead of 1.81 percent, the existing maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purposes?
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    Oak Grove says it will stick to its tax promise
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Oak Grove Elementary District 68 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    District prepares for more cuts
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    During the past two years, the Geneva school district has cut $1.9 million of the $2.3 million it planned to in order to shore up its financial situation. As it enters year three, officials expect the last strides toward that goal will be the most painful.
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    Editorial: Ballot questions for Fox Lake 114, McHenry 15
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Fox Lake voters have a big decision facing them as the community must decide whether it wants schools that are just OK, or schools that are excellent.
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    Editorial: ‘Yes’ to Mundelein school, Lake Zurich fire questions
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A recurring theme in discussions about Mundelein High School District 120 these days is the need for the school to rebuild its lines of communication and trust with the community. That’s a valid concern. But it shouldn’t be used to deny the merits of the three tax requests District 120 has put on the Tuesday ballot.
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    Editorial: High School District 211 question merits ‘yes’ vote
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The similarities between Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 and Palatine Elementary District 15 are striking.
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    District promises to keep voters informed on tax hike
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Glenbard High School District 87 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Tax vote will determine new Dist. 87 schedule
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The difference between a six- and a seven-period schedule next year at the four Glenbard high schools would be 386 classes comprising 92 different courses.
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    Voters discuss tax hike request
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A snapshot of Arlington Heights residents taken a week before the election shows many still looking for information on the referendum put forward by Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, some inclined to vote yes based on the overall reputation of the district, and others who want nothing to do with it.
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    Dist. 26 tax foes aim at teachers
    3/30/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    David Horneys believes the River Trails Elementary District 26 tax increase request that will be on Tuesday’s election ballot is actually about paying teachers, not helping students.
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    Gurnee schools make seventh try for referendum OK
    3/29/2005
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/top/w28gurnref.htm
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    Lake Villa tax-rate increase could add up
    3/29/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Lake Villa Elementary District 41 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Suburban ballots focus on growth
    3/29/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The April 5 election ballots in Kane County and throughout much of the west suburban region have "growth" written all over them.
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    Growth generates the buzz on ballots
    3/29/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The April 5 election ballots in Kane County and throughout the far western suburbs have "growth" written all over them.
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    Stowell parents push for bond passage
    3/28/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Parents of students attending aging Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal are pinning their hopes of a new school on passage of an $11 million bond issue April 5.
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    Letter to the Editor: Referendums are everywhere because lawmakers fail us
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Orland School District 135 is asking for an Education Fund tax increase on the April 5 ballot. So are Kirby District 140 and Palos 117. For that matter, there were six proposals on the February 2005 ballot — one passed.
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    School tax hike could cost more
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase on the April 5 ballot could cost voters in the Geneva school district more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    D-158 hopes to expand without tax hike
    3/28/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HUNTLEY – District 158 school board members are looking for ways to build additions onto middle schools without going to voters with another referendum.
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    Dist. 56 hike may cost more over the years
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Gurnee Elementary District 56 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Tax hike would apply for 2 years, not 5, Grayslake school leaders say
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Grayslake Elementary District 46 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Letter to the Editor: Important decision in SD 117
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    There will be an important decision for the residents of Bridgeview, Hickory Hills and Palos Hills on April 5. North Palos School District 117 will be asking the residents to say "yes" to pass a referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: Fears lawsuit killed SD 135 tax plea
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Reading the Daily Southtown on Wednesday, March 16, I'm informed Orland Park taxpayers are going to be hit with a tax we have no control of for the Orland Park Library bookmobile settlement of $8.5 million.
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    Letter to the Editor: Offer kids the best with a ‘yes’ vote
    3/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In just 10 weeks, our daughter will graduate from Glenbard High School District 87, the last of our three children to do so.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote for Clinton tax benefits community
    3/28/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    I want to voice my support for the referendum to increase the Clinton School District's educational fund levy.
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    Surge of students
    3/27/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    April 5 referendum: Should Plainfield build 8 more schools?
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    Fear and tax loathing undermine democracy
    3/27/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Suburban voters live in fear.
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    Dist. 135 cuts 83 positions
    3/27/2005 -

    The Star
    Eighty-three staff members in Orland School District 135 will lose their jobs at the end of the school year if a referendum proposal asking for a tax rate increase fails April 5.
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    Editorial: 'Yes' for quality education
    3/27/2005 -

    The Star
    North Palos School District 117 has been doing more with less for years.
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    Hidden costs complicate District 36 request to voters for tax rate increase
    3/27/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A proposed tax-rate increase in Grass Lake Elementary District 36 could cost voters more than they’ve been told to expect.
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    Letter to the Editor: Funding schools
    3/26/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Crete -- School districts across the state soon will be asking voters to approve property-tax increases to keep schools operating. There are a lot of reasons why tax-increase proposals fail. And one major concern is the amount of money that is spent by the school districts on administration costs. It is rare to find a district superintendent who is making less than $150,000 per year. Add to that a benefits-and-retirement package that most people only dream about and you have a major education expense.
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    Letter to the Editor: School vote reflects most important community values
    3/24/2005 -

    The Star
    I am writing to you in hopes that everyone living in the North Palos School District 117 area will take the time to read my letter.
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    Letter to the Editor: State lets local schools take heat for school funding
    3/24/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Are you aware that Orland District 135 is asking for an education fund referendum on the April 5 ballot? So are Kirby District 140 and Palos 117.
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    School districts seek voter OK for funds
    3/24/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Two St. Clair County school districts are seeking voter approval on the April 5 ballot for additional tax dollars.
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    Focusing on funding: Referendum advocates say 'yes' will help keep classes, programs
    3/23/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    A less-than-current physics lab wasn't part of the equation when Dane Conaway decided to attend Richland Community College after he graduates from Mount Zion High School this spring.
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    More teachers planned if tax hike OK’d
    3/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    McHenry Elementary School board members approved another “what if” decision Tuesday night based on the outcome of the district’s April referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: Public school means we all share expense
    3/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Regarding the District 56 referendum, I was amused to read a letter not too long ago from another parent suggesting we double our registration fees — that he would pay for his child’s education himself and didn’t think we should impose on the taxpayers for it.
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    New Lenox Grade schools mull funding methods
    3/22/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Increased costs: Tax hike referendum, boost in activity fees both on the table
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    Fun time on the referendum front
    3/22/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    Yorkville event: Campaign rally geared for parents and kids
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    Letter to the Editor: Why it is important to pass D301 referendum
    3/22/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/letters/e22hawk.htm
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    Tax rate increase proposal questioned
    3/22/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    SWANSEA - Faced with a $1.5 million a year deficit in Wolf Branch Schools, community members arrived armed with questions at a town hall meeting Monday night about a proposed 50-cent tax rate increase on the April 5 ballot.
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    Gurnee schools asking for tax hike for 7th time
    3/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Gurnee Elementary District 56’s seventh attempt at passing an education fund tax rate increase elicits passion from both sides of the equation.
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    More teachers likely if tax vote OK’d
    3/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    McHenry Elementary District 15 school board members could make another “what if” decision depending upon the outcome of the district’s April referendum.
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    Editorial: Referendums in Belvidere give kids relief from crowding
    3/21/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    They call it a split schedule, but by any name it's a nightmare for students and families. It's what will happen at Belvidere High School unless voters support two referendums April 5.
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    Busing issue will be put to vote at last
    3/21/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    East Aurora School District: Residents asked if they want tax increase to cover costs
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    Letter to the Editor: Clinton schools waste money and then want more
    3/21/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    This is in response to the Clinton School District wanting to raise taxes to help pay for the school, since they can't collect a big hunk from the power plant anymore.
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    When school spirit got the ax: For ex-students, scars linger
    3/21/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Even after 28 years, Brent Thomas' high school memories are as sour as locker room laundry.
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    Editorial: 'Yes' to Manhattan school issue
    3/20/2005 -

    The Star
    Faced with explosive growth and a deficit of more than a half-million dollars, Manhattan School District 114 is asking voters to approve an education fund tax rate increase on April 5.
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    GUEST OPINION: Palatine School District 211's Greed Exposed
    3/19/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    With local school districts begging us - no, demanding of us - massive property tax increases, allegedly to enable them to meet the necessary salaries to staff our schools, we must study their current salaries in order to give their cause a fair hearing, so we can cast a wise vote on April 5.
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    Dist. 26 tax hike supporters fan out
    3/19/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Supporters of the River Trails Elementary District 26 tax hike request are hitting the streets, the phones and even the stage to spread word about the April 5 referendum.
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    Dist. 211 details potential cuts
    3/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Shorter school days, with fewer options and less personal attention await students in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 if the current tax-rate increase referendum is not approved, Superintendent Roger Thornton said.
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    All Orland would feel SD 135 cuts
    3/18/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    If tax hike fails at polls, youth sports, Scouts, others will have nowhere to go
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    Dist. 87 reworks tax hike request
    3/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Glenbard High School District 87 officials say the 2005-2006 school year will be defined by what's missing, not by what exists, if voters refuse a second tax increase in April.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote 'yes' to maintain quality of School District 117
    3/18/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Four years ago, my family moved from Chicago's inner city to the picturesque suburb of Hickory Hills in search of a better education for my two young children. The schools of North Palos District 117 have welcomed my children with open arms.
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    Yorkville school tax push growing
    3/17/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    On April 5 ballot: Referendum backers plan signs, ribbons, rally
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    Fiscal responsibility key in District 140
    3/17/2005 -

    The Star
    Fiscal responsibility is the biggest issue facing voters in Kirby School District 140 next month, school board candidates agree.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 126 needs support
    3/17/2005 -

    The Star
    What is it that has made Alsip and Oak Lawn a great place to live over the years? Its close proximity to Interstate 294? Maybe the strong industrial and business growth?
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    Letter to the Editor: Strengthening communities through schools
    3/17/2005 -

    The Star
    When a community provides the means to meet the demands it places on its schools, the return is what the community wants.
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    Letter to the Editor: Join together to help District 56; vote 'yes'
    3/17/2005
    I am a parent of three children, two currently in the Gurnee District 56 school system. I have voted "yes" each time there has been a referendum for the District 56 schools - not just in the past two years, but 14 years ago, before any of my children started in school. I also voted "yes" for every Warren Township High School referendum request that has been on the ballot since moving to the east side of Gurnee 16 years ago.
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    Activist groups duel over school bond issue plan
    3/17/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A citizens group has formed to oppose a building bond issue that voters in Indian Prairie School District 204 will consider April 5.
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    Kaneland ballot question; Sugar Grove board
    3/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    School districts sometimes have trouble showing voters how important a tax-increase request is - and what could happen if it doesn't pass. That's not the case in Kaneland.
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    Dist. 46 makes fourth attempt at tax increase
    3/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Drive through some neighborhoods in the Grayslake area and you can see as many "House for sale" signs as "Yes for Our Kids" signs in lawns.
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    Group forms in opposition to Indian Prairie referendum
    3/16/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a16ipopp.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Keep great teaching going in District 41
    3/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Please help the District 41 referendum request to pass!
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    Deep staff cuts still in the works
    3/16/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Citing the failed tax referendum and a need to cut $12 million from Elementary School District 15's budget, Supt. Robert McKanna told those attending a special public hearing Monday night that the dismissal of 263 staff members is still a necessity.
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    District readies for fiscal shortfall
    3/16/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    ORLAND PARK -- Hoping for the best, yet preparing for the worst, the Orland Elementary School District 135 Board of Education has approved drastic measures for the next school year in case voters reject a tax-increase referendum question is rejected by voters next month.
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    Letter to the Editor: 'Yes' vote on referendum an investment in D301
    3/16/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/letters/e16kling.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: District 46 request is valid and needed
    3/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    According to the Daily Herald (Feb. 17), the incumbent, Karen Weinert, from District 46 is not supporting the referendum request, nor are her allies: Kristen Coe-Peek, Jill Rohrer and Mark V. Hannan. Shawn Oakley, who stepped down to "support" their assertions, felt all these candidates support "strong fiscal responsibility" and "getting the schedule and classes back to the kids."
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    Letter to the Editor: District 56 needs this tax increase
    3/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald

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    Letter to the Editor: We should support Kaneland's plan
    3/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    It is true that the majority of homeowners dislike paying property taxes. It is also true that most parents dig deep into their pockets when their children really need something. Most parents would not deny their children glasses and hearing aids, or even braces, if they really needed them. They always find a way.
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    Letter to the Editor: Vote yes for kids, community
    3/15/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I am writing to you in hopes that everyone living in the North Palos School District 117 area will take the time to read my letter. On April 5, as most of you know, there will be a referendum asking you to vote to help our schools.
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    School districts push for tax hikes
    3/15/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Reeling from mounting deficits and a lack of state financial support, numerous school districts are asking voters on April 5 to approve property-tax increases to avoid cuts in educational programs, extracurricular programs or both.
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    Editorial: 'Yes' to bond sale, incumbents in Dist. 301
    3/14/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    With projections showing Central School District 301 could nearly triple its enrollment by the end of this decade, there can be only one logical answer to the district's April 5 bond sale request - "yes."
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    District 135 slashes $5 million from budget
    3/13/2005 -

    The Star
    An apologetic and sometimes tearful Orland School District 135 superintendent detailed more than $5 million in budget cuts Thursday that hinge on an April 5 referendum.
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    Music, band students react to Dist. 135 program cuts
    3/13/2005 -

    The Star
    Music students sang and played for the Orland School District 135 board Thursday, showcasing months of work that nabbed many of them top honors at an Illinois Grade School Music Association solo and ensemble contest last month.
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    Editorial: Harlem schools deserve a yes from community
    3/11/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    We'd like to believe that seven might be a lucky number for Harlem School District, but that would be naive.
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    D300 officials pitch tax vote
    3/11/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    Construction referendum: Panel may propose board go to voters for bond issue without increasing tax rate
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    D-158 hike might be inevitable
    3/10/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Under levying might be the only option available to school board members of District 158 in order to keep their promise not to allow tax rates to increase beyond 55 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
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    Letter to the Editor: Say 'no' - again - to Gurnee Dist. 56
    3/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What a considerable waste of the taxpayers' money! In many precincts, the only item on the Feb. 22 ballot was the school referendum for Gurnee School District 56.
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    Dist. 87 candidates discuss tax increase at forum
    3/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Financial scenarios for Glenbard High School District 87 were on voters' minds at a school board candidates forum.
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    Dist. 211 group to hold rally for tax rate request
    3/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    After seeing tax rate increases rejected by voters in Palatine and Barrington area schools, supportive parents and students in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 think they need to try different approaches for their own referendum.
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    Dist. 135 considers alternatives if referendum fails
    3/3/2005 -

    The Star
    Whether voters approve a requested tax rate increase April 5 will have a profound effect on Orland School District 135, officals said.
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    Letter to the Editor: Approving tax request is best way to assure quality education
    3/3/2005 -

    The Star
    On Feb. 3, The Star published a letter from Mr. L. Hipp in which he raised several questions/issues regarding School District 135's April 5 referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: Another tax hike
    3/1/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    I am concerned at the lack of opinions regarding the April 5 election, and more important, the referendum to raise our taxes again in Huntley.
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    Letter to the Editor: Support Tinley Park kids, vote yes on tax increase
    3/1/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    There is nothing more important than family. And, our children are the most important part of family.
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    Letter to the Editor: Kaneland cuts will hit more than sports
    3/1/2005 -

    Daily Herald

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    Letter to the Editor: Urges 'yes' vote in District 205
    2/28/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Although I am a senior graduating in May, I am pleading with all eligible voters to vote "yes" on School District 205's referendum proposal April 5.
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    Opinion: Voters hand educrats disappointing election news on local tax referenda
    2/26/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    OPINION - The executives that run the school business got disappointing news in Tuesday’s municipal elections.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 87 needs to hear 'no' from voters
    2/24/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    It is old news that Glenbard District 87 has not proven fiscal responsibility with the current board and administrative staff.
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    Letter to the Editor: Shocked by referendum results
    2/24/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    After watching the New Lenox District 122 referendum proposal fail, I am shocked and extremely disappointed in the apparent lack of care by the parents of students in the district.
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    REFERENDUMS (results)
    2/24/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune

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    District 308 voters approve tax hike
    2/24/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Oswego Community Unit School District 308 voters bucked an anti-school-tax trend Tuesday by approving a 30-cent increase in their tax rate.
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    Supporters of school tax hikes to try again
    2/24/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A day after voters soundly rejected tax increases for two Lake County school districts, proponents expressed deep disappointment as they prepared to return to the polls with the same requests April 5.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 41 is making tough budget choices
    2/24/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Making budget reductions is an issue much larger than Lake Villa School District 41. State and federal government funding is inadequate, and local housing growth surpasses the district's ability to keep up.
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    Letter to the Editor: Mom backs SD 140 tax hike
    2/24/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I am a parent in Kirby School District 140. My children go to Kirby School, and my home is located within the building's subdivision.
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    School tax hikes fail
    2/23/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Sound defeats: Low turnout hurts outcomes
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    0 for 6: Harlem schools referendum denied again
    2/23/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    The same tax increase is expected to be on the April ballot.
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    School districts get ready for referendums, elections in April
    2/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    With the April election less than six weeks away, area groups in both Palatine-Township High School District 211 and Barrington Area Unit District 220 want to make sure residents are up to date on the issues facing them.
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    Board to vote on fee hikes tonight
    2/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Next year parents in a Lake Villa school district could pay more for everything from school lunches and band to registration and basketball.
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    Gurnee voters again sink school tax hike
    2/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Gurnee Elementary District 56 voters Tuesday said no to a sixth attempt to raise their taxes in slightly more than two years.
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    Voters reject Oak Grove school tax hike
    2/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Oak Grove District 68 remains on the spot after voters Tuesday convincingly rejected a tax hike posed to head off a deficit.
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    Dist. 15 tax hike barely rejected
    2/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The fate of at least 254 staff members at Palatine Township Elementary District 15 may have come down to fewer than 170 votes Tuesday night - the margin of defeat for the school district's proposed tax increase.
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    School tax hikes fail
    2/23/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Sound defeats: Low turnout hurts outcomes
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    Oswego OKs increase in school taxes
    2/23/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    30-cent jump: Extra revenue will pull district out of deficit, keep programs intact
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    New Lenox voters reject referendum
    2/23/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    School issue: Third defeat in less than a year
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    Primary elections are today, for a few
    2/22/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Voters will decide tense races in Cal City, Homer
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    Letter to the Editor: Weinert doesn't deserve criticism
    2/22/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board has voted 4-1 to approve another referendum in the April election.
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    So many primaries, so little turnout
    2/22/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The suburbs are some of the largest and most interesting in the Chicago area -- Aurora, Waukegan, Cicero, Berwyn. And the issues are the ones voters say they care most about -- education, taxes and crime.
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    Both sides debate Dist. 15's proposed tax-rate increase
    2/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    With just days left before voters decide on a tax-rate increase question for Palatine Township Elementary District 15, both sides are making last-minute efforts to get their views across.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 15 drags out the scare tactics
    2/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    District 15 is dragging out the scare techniques.
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    Letter to the Editor: Taxing units must change their ways
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    On Tuesday and on April 5, voters will be asked to approve tax increases for three area taxing bodies. School District 15 and the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District will be asking for more money Tuesday, and High School District 211 will be asking April 5.
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    Letter to the Editor: Top 10 reasons to vote 'yes' Tuesday
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Why should David Letterman have all the fun? Here are the top 10 reasons why supporting District 15 on Tuesday is a great investment:
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    Letter to the Editor: Support is needed for quality schools
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    As a graduate of District 211 and District 15, I urge all voters to come out in support of the proposed tax increase to help raise funds for our schools.
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    Letter to the Editor: There is room for districts to cut
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald

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    Letter to the Editor: It makes no sense to penalize the kids
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    There have been letters in the paper recently encouraging people to vote against the District 15 tax referendum question Tuesday. Their complaint is the current board of education did a miserable job managing funds and should be replaced.
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    Editorial: 'No' in District 15
    2/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 provides excellent education. Its students consistently rank high in standardized tests; it earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge award in 2003.
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    Oswego school tax vote heads to final campaign
    2/18/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a18osref.htm
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    Editorial: Vote 'yes' in District 122 referendum
    2/17/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    AT ISSUE: New Lenox School District 122 asks voters to approve tax hike to erase deficit and fund operation of new schools.
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    Troy school chief speaks on April vote
    2/17/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Tax increase: Wiers says rejection will have consequences
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    Oswego school supporters, foes waging final weekend campaign
    2/17/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a18osref.htm
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    Indian Prairie aims to avoid deficits
    2/17/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    AURORA -- The Indian Prairie School District 204 Board has taken the first step in addressing a potential $9.8 million operating deficit in the next fiscal year.
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    School tax hike backers optimistic
    2/17/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    OSWEGO -- Supporters of next week's Oswego Community Unit School District 308 education fund increase referendum question believe they've made their case.
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    New Lenox schools make 3rd attempt at tax increase
    2/17/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Funding measure on Tuesday's ballot
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    Letter to the Editor: Public schools are asking for too much
    2/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    I am 16 and attend St. Viator. Recently, I received an e-mail from my friend at Fremd asking others and me to tell our parents to vote to pass a tax-increase referendum that will raise District 211's revenues.
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    Letter to the Editor: School district needs creative solutions
    2/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The St. Charles District 303 school board has placed a referendum on the April ballot asking voters to approve $86 million for new school buildings, technology upgrades, security and an addition to North High School.
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    Manhattan schools may make deep cut
    2/16/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    District deficit: Serious measures possible if referendum fails
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    Harlem leader unveils cuts list
    2/15/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    MACHESNEY PARK -- Harlem School District principals would have less money for textbooks, students would pay more for breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, and technology and materials fees would spike.
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    Byron pleads for favorite programs
    2/15/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    BYRON -- A crowd of parents and community members Monday night pleaded with Byron School Board members not to cut teachers and academic programs as they prepare to slice up to $3.5 million from next year's budget.
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    Residents want to talk about proposed tax hike
    2/15/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Some residents in River Trails Elementary District 26 have formed a committee to lobby for approval of the district's tax-hike request in April.
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    Top of the line
    2/11/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Oak Grove seeks tax hike to stay among the best
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    Letter to the Editor: High-tax haven
    2/10/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Huntley-Lake in the Hills school District 158 is not the place to buy your house – unless you want extremely high property taxes.
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    Citizens committee in Clinton rallies support for increase in education fund levy
    2/10/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    CLINTON - A citizens committee is seeking to raise $12,000 to fund a campaign to persuade Clinton School District voters to support an education fund property tax increase the school board has placed on the April 5 general election ballot.
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    Taxing bodies line up to ask for more money
    2/6/2005 -

    The Star
    As usual, the April ballots in Will County will be filled with special requests from several taxing bodies.
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    Quiet day picked for tax vote
    2/3/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A light turnout may help schools
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    Letter to the Editor: Trust lost
    2/2/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Mary Harp (Jan. 30 letter) stated precisely what I believe that the majority of voters felt concerning the botched District 158 November referendum.
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    Editorial: D-158 truth coming out
    2/2/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    No tax referendum in recent memory has been bungled as badly as the winner last fall in Huntley District 158.
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    Tax hikes loom in suburbs
    1/31/2005 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Growing areas pitch referendums for schools, other needs
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    Lake Villa schools to seek tax hike again in April
    1/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 needs cash more than it needs a new middle school.
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    New Lenox schools set up plan B
    1/28/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    If referendum fails: Fee increases among repercussions
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    Meetings to focus on tax request
    1/28/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Administrators of Community Consolidated School District 15 have scheduled public meetings on a Feb. 22 referendum to increase the property tax rate for the education fund.
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    Manteno schools try referendum
    1/27/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Manteno voters will be asked this spring whether to give school district officials the power to borrow more money to meet the needs of the growing, financially-challenged district.
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