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County Reconsiders Sales Tax Referendum for November

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Knox County SealVoters may have voted against a public safety sales tax that would operate and upgrade 911 services in Knox County.  The financial picture, however, has not changed. During last night’s Knox County Finance Committee meeting, members discussed the possibility of trying the tax again during November’s General Election.

Voters Largely Reject Tax Increase Proposals

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If a tax increase of any sort was on the ballot in yesterday’s primary election, it more than likely was rejected.

Voters in Knox County said “no” to a quarter-percent sales tax increase for public safety purposes by about a three-to-one margin. The proceeds would have helped pay for the 911 system in the county according to Sheriff David Clague — he says the system desperately needs upgrades. As it stands now, Clague says he doesn’t know if the 911 system will continue to operate as-is.

Frese Secures Republican Nomination for 94th District State Representative

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voteVoters in the 94th Illinois House District made it clear who they want to see representing them in the 2014 General election.

Randy Frese, a former Adams County Circuit Clerk, won the Republican Party’s nomination for the open 94th District State Representative seat. While voters largely picked Frese, Warren County voters largely preferred opponent the hometown guy — Marshall Schrader.

Dillard Concedes But Says He “Came Real Close”

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State Senator Kirk Dillard is joined by State Rep. Don Moffitt during a campaign stop Saturday at Spudo's in Galesburg.

State Senator Kirk Dillard is joined by State Rep. Don Moffitt during a campaign stop in February at Spudo’s in Galesburg. WGIL News File Photo.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Kirk Dillard says even though he lost the GOP nomination for Illinois governor, he “came real close” to winning.