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.
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