Lincolnwood School District 74 Referendum Fails

Will School District 74 get to build a new, $25 million Lincoln Hall? Residents took to the ballot box today to voice their approval. We will be posting live results as they come in, so keep checking back here for the final results.

Update - 9:34 p.m.

It's official: School District 74's referendum has been defeated, with 2,153 residents voting 'No,' or 91.07 percent, while 211 residents voted 'Yes,' or 8.93 percent. This could mean that property taxes will go down in 2014, but that remains to be seen, as some residents took this referendum as a vote of no confidence against the school board.

See full results in the table below.

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Results Percent Votes No 91.07 2,153 Yes 8.93 211


Meanwhile, Lincolnwood's other referendum, to appoint a village clerk instead of having one elected, was also defeated, with 1,484 voting 'No,' or 65.17 percent while 793 voted 'Yes,' or 34.83 percent. 

Update - 8:37 p.m.

Lincolnwood's $25 million referendum is all but over, as 10 of the 11 precincts have reported. So far, 1,930 have voted 'No' on the school referendum, or 90.78 percent while 196 have voted 'Yes,' or 9.22 percent.

Meanwhile, Lincolnwood's other referendum, to appoint a clerk instead of having one elected, also looks to be shot down as 1,335 have voted 'No,' or 65.2 percent, while 712 have voted 'Yes,' or 34.8 percent. Again, only 10 of the 11 precincts have reported. 

Update - 8:07 p.m.

More results are in, as 1,356 have voted 'No' on School District 74's referendum, or 91.25 percent, while 130 voted 'Yes,' or 8.75 percent. 

Eight of the 11 precincts have reported. 

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m. ~

So far, 421 residents have voted 'No' on School District 74's referendum, or 86.8 percent, while 64 have voted 'Yes,' or 13.2 percent. Only three of the eleven precincts have reported. 

7:36 p.m. ~

Results are up for one of Lincolnwood's referendum, the one to appoint a clerk. So far nothing on District 74. We'll keep checking. 

Editor's note - We will be updating this page throughout the evening with live results on Lincolnwood's $25 million referendum. Simply hit refresh for the latest information.

The ongoing saga between a group of Lincolnwood residents and school board officials has come to this day, as  the community voted whether School District 74 will get $25 million to

Skokie Patch has covered the issue since its inception, when a group of residents discovered to pay for first class airfare for themselves and their spouses, expensive dinners and even limousine rides.

The root of the problem started when District 74 tried to build an extension from nearby Rutledge Hall to a newly built Lincoln Hall - thus bypassing any need for a referendum. However, residents were outraged when they learned about the technical tactic and hired an attorney to take legal action against the school district, ultimately making the school district take the measure to referendum.

Also, if you haven't read our previous coverage, we encourage you to check it out by clicking here.  

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