Referendums on April Ballot 

  • Date Posted
    March 14, 2023
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School districts throughout Illinois are seeking voter approval on referendums on the April 4 consolidated election ballot. Items up for a vote include tax increases, bond issues, countywide sales tax propositions, and miscellaneous questions. 

School districts placing tax increases on the ballot include Aviston SD 21, Beecher CUSD 200U, Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD 325, McLean Co Unit District CUSD 5 (Normal), Pennoyer SD 79, Prospect Heights SD 23, and Western Springs SD 101. 

School districts known to be placing local bond issues before voters include: 

  • Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102, $49 million, to alter, repair, and equip the district’s school buildings and district office. 

  • Batavia PSD 101, $140 million, to build and equip a new H.C. Storm School and a new Louise White School.  

  • Central CUSD 301 (Burlington), $195 million, to build and equip a new high school building, including an auditorium and career technical education labs, and new athletics facilities. 

  • Edwardsville CUSD 7, $100 million, to improve buildings, including constructing security improvements and secured entryways. 

  • Joliet PSD 86, $99.5 million, to alter, repair, and equip school buildings, including new buildings for two junior highs, and additions to Jefferson Elementary School. 

  • Kaneland CUSD 302, $57.5 million, to renovate the high school building, improve the campus site, and build and equip a stadium facility. 

  • Lake Forest CHSD 115, $105.7 million, to alter, repair, renovate, and equip the high school building, including security improvements, roof replacement, and renovating science labs, classrooms, and other instructional spaces.  

  • Milne-Kelvin Grove SD 91 (Lockport), $2.5 million, to repair portions of roofs, install air conditioning in both grade school buildings, and improvements to security features. 

  • Mundelein CHSD 120, $175 million, for building improvements, including increasing programming spaces for performing arts and athletics and renovating food service areas. 

  • Pennoyer SD 79, $ 9.7 million, to improve and build an addition to the existing school building, including improvements for life safety, aging infrastructure, mechanical and plumbing systems, bathrooms, and drinking fountains.  

  • School District U-46 (Elgin), $179 million, to renovate and replace building infrastructure, add early childhood education facilities, construct STEM classrooms, and alter, repair, and equip district buildings.  

  • Washington SD 52, $20 million, to build a new Lincoln School Building, and renovate existing facilities. 

Voters in the following districts will decide whether school board members should be elected at-large versus congressional township. 

  • Kansas CUSD 3 

  • Hoopeston Area CUSD 11 

  • Morrisonville CUSD 1 

There are three Countywide Sales Tax propositions on the ballot. Voters will decide on a countywide 1% tax increase for school facilities, school resource officers, and mental health professionals in Clinton, Hancock, and Vermilion counties. 

One other miscellaneous referendum on the ballot for voters in Community High School District 94 (West Chicago) is: “Shall Community High School District 94 allow $4 to $6 million of its future tax dollars, raised primarily from Central DuPage Hospital’s development of Winfield’s town center, to be diverted away from the School District and into Winfield TIF2 where Winfield intends to use the School District’s future tax dollars to develop Winfield's proposed $16 million Village Hall and Police Station as well as a $1 million plaza?” 

IASB will report results of school referenda and tax proposals after the April 4 consolidated election. To see historical information from past elections, visit the Finance Election data page on the IASB website.