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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