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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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