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Pembroke Votes No to School Tax Hike

Voters inside Pembroke Community School District 259 Tuesday voted down a property-tax hike school officials said was necessary to keep the district's only school open next year.

Of the 426 votes cast in the Pembroke portion of the school district, nearly 79 percent voted against more than doubling their property taxes that go toward education.

School officials warned Lorenzo R. Smith School might not survive another school year.


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Herscher School Tax Hike Defeated

The voters used a 'back door' referendum to say No to a tax hike in the Herscher school district.

The District 2 school board had tried to borrow up to $3 million to cover lack of state funding from the state. But voters successfully petitioned to put the matter on the ballot.

The referendum was defeated by a vote of 1,723-1,055 in Kankakee County. Parts of neighboring counties also voted against the measure. It lost in smaller sections of the school district in Iroquois, Ford, Grundy and Livingston counties. Iroquois County results showed 11 in favor and 16 against.

Without the back door referendum, the school board could have raised property taxes without voter approval, had the referendum not happened.

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Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Annual Banquet for 2013. This year’s event will be held at Celebrations on May 1st starting at 5:30 PM. The theme for this year is “Kentucky Derby” and the dress is casual.

The highlight of the event is the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce awards for Business Leadership and Staff Achievement.

As in the past a light meal and refreshments will be included with your $14 purchase of a ticket for the evening. There will be silent and live auction from items donated by your generous Chamber members.

Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office until April 29th at 110 South Third Street, Watseka or call Amanda to reserve your tickets at 815-432-2416.

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Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce hires New Executive Director

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) announced the hiring of a new Executive Director. Amanda Hibbs comes to the WACC with several years of experience in public relations.

The WACC is gearing up for several upcoming events including Customer Appreciation Days, PASSPORT Coupon Book, and the Annual Meeting and Awards Night.

Ms. Hibbs will then focus on getting out and introducing herself to the members of the community to become more familiar with faces and what they have to offer. Amanda plans to strive to increase membership within the WACC and hopes to bring some fresh new ideas aboard as well as becoming more aware of what is happening in the Watseka area.

Amanda is available at the Chamber office by calling 815-432-2416 or you can stop by 110 South Third Street or you can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Electric Aggregation Voting Results, some say Yes, others No

There were several communities in the WGFA-listening area that approved electric aggregation programs. But others, including Watseka voters, defeated the referendum question.

Watseka voters said No….500 voting against it while 392 voted in favor. It was a 56 to 44% margin against.

Clifton and Gilman voted in favor. The Clifton voters gave it a thumbs up, 51 – 49%. Gilman voters approved the measure 316 to 156, a 66% to 33% margin.

Approving the question in Tuesday’s election were Fairbury, Gridley, Pontiac, Clinton and Bloomington, and unincorporated Woodford County. The question failed in Streator and unincorporated areas of DeWitt, McLean, Woodford and LaSalle counties.

It passed in the city of Bloomington by a vote of 4,517 to 3,888. In McLean County, the measure failed, 1,515 to 1,222.

The program allows municipalities to bundle Ameren customers’ electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier. Where approved, customers may opt-out if they wish, but otherwise they are automatically enrolled.

Proponents said aggregation would save customers money on their electric bills. Opponents considered the measure an unnecessary government intrusion.

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