Referendums fail, Palmgren wins Geneseo mayor, Oberweis and Rauner win GOP races

Originally Posted Online: March 18, 2014, 8:45 pm
Last Updated: March 19, 2014, 4:49 pm
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Every local tax referendum question on Tuesday's ballot failed to win voters' support.

In Rock Island County, with 93 percent of precincts counted, voters were defeating an effort to add 1 percent to the sales tax with the new revenue destined for school facilities. A total of 9,261 voted against the measure while 7,412 voted for it.

A county effort to add a quarter percent to the sales tax for public safety was failing, 11,526 to 4,928. And a referendum seeking to issue bonds for a new centralized Rockridge elementary school was failing 1,315 to 639.

A Whiteside County 1 percent sales tax effort for school facilities also was failing Tuesday night, 2,799 to 1,950. And in Henry County, voters defeated a quarter-percent sales tax for the sheriff's department 4,288 to 1,169.

Elsewhere, challenger Nadine Palmgren was elected mayor of Geneseo.

In unofficial tallies, Ms. Palmgren on Tuesday beat two-term Mayor Linda VanDerLeest 876-773.

In the city's Ward 3 race, Ald. Keith Kennett withstood a challenge by Karen West, 301-225. 

Elsewhere in Illinois, a state legislator and dairy magnate has defeated a suburban Chicago businessman in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis' victory Tuesday over Doug Truax sends him on to a November matchup with Democrat Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

Oberweis is from the western Chicago suburb of Sugar Grove. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 2012 and had made previous unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate and governor. Truax had never held political office but had support from former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Venture capitalist Bruce Raunerwon the GOP primary Tuesday night in his bid for Illinois governor, as many voters embraced a first-time campaign by the multimillionaire who flooded the airwaves with vows to run the Democratic stronghold like a business and curb the influence of government unions.

With Republicans eyeing what they say is their best shot at reclaiming the state's top job in more than a decade, Rauner defeated three longtime state lawmakers — including the current state treasurer. He will now advance to a November matchup with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who easily won his nomination for a second full term.

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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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