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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 || Community Editor || @maywoodnews
First things first, if you haven’t voted already, do so. Illinois may not factor very strongly in the presidential race from an Electoral College standpoint, but candidates for president aren’t the only ones on the ballot (which is a relief; we hear the further down the ticket you go, the closer politics resembles real life).
To locate your polling place, click here.
Early voting turnout strong across suburban Cook County
According to a Nov. 7 report by WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, suburban Cook County citizens came out in droves to vote early.
“Early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County entered its final day on Monday with more than 285,000 votes already cast in the city and nearly 400,000 additional ballots cast or mailed in from 30 surrounding townships.”
“In suburban Cook County, 52 early voting sites have been operating since Oct. 24. County Clerk David Orr said last week that the number of ballots cast before Election Day will likely set a new record.
“‘There’s an intensity here where people make sure they vote,” Orr said. “Before, the highest number of early votes cast was in 2012 with around 230, 000 and we’ll be breaking that today with three early voting days remaining.'”
To read the full report, click here.
Broadview residents to vote on mayoral term limits
The Cook County Record reported on Nov. 7 that a Chicago appeals panel, by a 2-1 vote, has ruled that Broadview residents can vote on a binding ballot referendum on mayoral term limits.
The referendum reads:
Shall the terms of office for those persons elected to the office of Village President in the Village of Broadview, at the April 4, 2017 consolidated election, and at each election for said office thereafter, be limited such that no person shall be eligible to seek election to or hold the office of Village President where that person has been previously elected to the office of Village President of the Village of Broadview for two (2) consecutive full four (4) year terms?
Broadview’s term limit measure is among four on ballots across Cook County, the County Record reports. Broadview’s mayor, Sherman Jones, is a two-term incumbent. If this referendum passes, it could invalidate him from seeking reelection.
For more information on this referendum, or to see your sample ballot (just input your address into the top right box), click here.
Maywood voters to weigh in on video gambling with referendum
In July, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to approve a resolution that would put the question of whether the board should adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M liquor licenses, which are exclusively granted to video gaming establishments, on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The referendum question is strictly advisory and non-binding, meaning the board isn’t required to adopt the prohibition into law. The vote on the referendum is largely a measure of where the community stands on the issue and is typically utilized to guide future decisions by elected officials.
The referendum reads:
“Shall the Village of Maywood adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M (Video Gaming Cafe/Bistro) Liquor Licenses in the Village of Maywood?”
Voters to decide on fate of Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, a Maywood resident, could be in the fight of her political life this election, despite cruising to another term. On Nov. 8, voters will decide whether or not the Recorder’s office should even exist.
The legally binding referendum reads:
“Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by, the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020?”
According to BallotReady, some arguments for voting ‘yes’ for the referendum include:
- Allows Cook County taxpayers to downsize a government designed for the 19th century
- Saves roughly $800,000 annually (estimated by the nonpartisan Civic Federation budget watchdog group) and makes county government more consumer-friendly
And some arguments for voting ‘no’ against the referendum include:
- This referendum lacks details or plans on how the supposed savings will be achieved
- The Cook County Recorder currently defends the property rights of residents, particularly those of lower financial means, and consolidation could negatively affect vulnerable populations served by this office
Watch the returns come in at the Global Business Center
Free flu shots Nov. 9
And so you don’t get sick of all of the politics, stop by the Maywood Public Library for a free flu shot on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Nurses from Loyola University Medical Center will be administering the free shots in room 202 at the library, 121 S. 5th Ave. There will be a limited number of shots available, so hurry there.