In Broadview And Melrose Park, Ballot Referenda Win Big

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Virtually every local referendum on ballots in Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood and Melrose Park passed, most overwhelmingly, during Tuesday’s election.

All three countywide referenda passed with at least 80 percent of the vote across the county. Those ballot initiatives include:

Minimum wage

Shall the minimum wage in your municipality match the $13 per hour Cook County minimum wage law for adults over the age of 18 by July 1, 2020, and be indexed to the consumer price index after that? 

Result: Suburban Cook County: 80 percent in favor versus 20 percent against. Chicago: 92 percent in favor versus 8 percent against. 

Earned sick time 

Shall your municipality match the Cook County earned sick time law which allows for workers to earn up to 40 hours (5 days) of sick time a year to take care of their own health or a family member’s health?

Result: Suburban Cook County: 86 percent in favor versus 14 percent against. Chicago: 93 percent in favor versus 7 percent against. 

Gun dealer penalties

Should the State of Illinois strengthen penalties for the illegal trafficking of firearms and require all gun dealers to be certified by the State?

Result: Suburban Cook County: 90 percent in favor versus 10 percent against. Chicago: 92 percent in favor versus 8 percent against. 

Homeowner’s exemptions in Proviso Township 

A ballot initiative exclusive to Proviso Township residents related to homeowner’s exemptions also passed overwhelmingly.

The question: Should the State of Illinois increase the residential and senior homeowner’s exemptions to help reduce property taxes for the residents of Proviso Township?

Result: 85 percent in favor versus 15 percent against.

Voters in Broadview approved two ballot initiatives. 

Fines for littering 

In an effort to keep the Village of Broadview clean, should the Village increase the current fines for littering in the Village of Broadview from the current minimum fine of $50.00 and maximum fine of $750.00 to a minimum fine of $150.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00?

Result: 53 percent in favor versus 47 percent against.

Tobacco purchasing age 

Should the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the State of Illinois be increased from eighteen (18) years of age to twenty-one (21) years of age?

Result: 81 percent in favor versus 19 percent against.

Voters in Melrose Park approved three ballot initiatives. 

Firearm storage

Shall all firearms be required by law to be stored in a safe and secure manner that prevents access by unauthorized persons, when such firearms are not under the control of the owner?

Result: 89 percent in favor versus 11 percent against (one precinct was still out as of 10 p.m. on Nov. 6).

Fines for littering 

In an effort to keep the Village of Melrose Park clean, should the Village of Melrose Park increase the current fines for littering on public or private property in the Village of Melrose Park from the current minimum fine of $300.00 and maximum fine of $500.00 to a minimum fine of $400.00 and a maximum fine of $750.00?

Result: 63 percent in favor versus 37 percent against.

Vaping products 

Given the increased use of vaping products by persons under the age of eighteen (18) years old, should the Village of Melrose Park prohibit the sale of compact vaping devices within the Village of Melrose Park limits?

Result: 74 percent in favor versus 26 percent against.

More detailed election analysis will be available tomorrow after the Cook County Clerk’s office releases township level results. For updated election results, click hereVFP

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