While a statewide pension reform referendum was still in doubt at press time Tuesday night, voters in St. Clair County approved it with 63.88 percent of the vote. The law needed 60 percent approval to become law and it narrowly failed in Madison County with 59.1 percent.
Meanwhile, voters at the county level defeated a referendum to allow Madison and St. Clair county leaders to negotiate electric rates with utility companies. But several municipalities across the area approved the question.
And gamblers approved video gambling in Belleville and Collinsville and defeated it in Glen Carbon.
State of Illinois Constitution Amendment
Upon approval by the voters, the proposed amendment adds a new section to the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution.
The new section would require a three-fifths majority vote of each chamber of the General Assembly, or the governing body of a unit of local government, school district, or pension or retirement system, in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system.
Three-fifths of those voting on the question or a majority of those voting in the election must vote "YES" in order for the amendment to become effective on Jan. 9.
In Madison County: (225 of 225 precincts)
In St. Clair County: (195 of 205 precincts)
In East St. Louis: (25 of 25 precincts)
Passed in 243 municipalities and counties in Illinois in recent years, electric aggregation would allow local government to bargain with utilities for potentially better utility rates. If passed, residents will have two chances to opt out of the program later.
St. Clair County:
Collinsville (Madison County 24 of 24 precincts):
(St. Clair County 3 of 3 precincts):
Under the state law passed in 2009, video gaming is allowed with certain restrictions.
If the question passes in Belleville, gaming would become legal in the city without further action. In Collinsville and Glen Carbon, municipal leaders will take the results of balloting and decide where to move forward with gaming.
Should Collinsville prohibit gaming?
(Madison County 24 of 24 precincts)
(St. Clair County 3 of 3 precincts)
Glen Carbon to permit video gaming
Shall the City of Edwardsville remain a home rule municipality pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution?
Shall the Board of Education of Highland Community Unit School District Number 5, Madison, Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, be authorized to issue $5,000,000 bonds for a working cash fund as provided for by Article 20 of the School Code?
Lebanon voters were asked if they believe a half of 1 percent retailers and service occupation tax should be approved to pay for municipal operation, infrastructure expenditures or property tax relief.
Elimination of Office
Fairview Heights asked voters if it should eliminate the office of City Treasurer and transfer the responsibilities of the office to the Finance Director.
East St. Louis Board of Elections
East St. Louis residents were asked if the city should eliminate the East St. Louis Board of Elections. If the measure passes, responsibilities of the East St. Louis Board of Elections will be taken over by St. Clair County. Opponents say the city will spend $400,000 it doesn't have this year on operating the board and that its elimination would streamline government. Supporters say the issue has been put to the vote in the past and that residents are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the local election board. In March, 3,559 voters opposed elimination of the board and 1,539 voted in favor of getting rid of it.
Randolph County placed a nonbinding referendum on the ballot which asks if any individual not prohibited from possessing firearms should be allowed to conceal, possess, carry or transport firearms in any manner, free from infringement.