In addition to voting for their candidates of choice, Cook County residents will have a chance to weigh in on various referendum questions using their ballots on March 17.

While county officials oversee local elections, the questions specific to certain municipalities will only appear on ballots for residents of those areas.

To be prepared before heading to your polling place, here’s a look at every other proposal appearing on ballots in municipalities across Chicago and suburban Cook County —

CHICAGO 

  • 3rd Ward, Precincts 2, 7, 8, 18, 23, 24, 28, 29, 37, 38 – Advisory referendum on whether a senior center should be built in the Bronzeville neighborhood

SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY

  • Town of Cicero – Should the
    sale of cannabis and cannabis products for recreational use by adults 21 and
    older be allowed at licensed dispensaries within the Town of Cicero?
  • City of Blue Island – Shall the
    City of Blue Island restrict the number of aldermen to seven (7) aldermen, with
    one (1) alderman representing each ward?
  • City of Blue Island – Shall the
    City of Blue Island establish a Road Maintenance Fund and dedicate resources to
    this Fund for investment in its public infrastructure including but not limited
    to investment in its roads, alleys, paths and sidewalks?
  • City of Blue Island – Shall any
    monies saved by reducing the number of City of Blue Island alderman from
    fourteen (14) to seven (7) be deposited in a Road Maintenance Fund and be used
    to repair and maintain the City of Blue Island’s public infrastructure
    including its streets and alleys?
  • Village of Burr Ridge – Shall
    the Village of Burr Ridge become a home rule unit?
  • Village of Calumet Park – Shall
    the terms of office for those persons elected to the offices of Village
    President, Village Clerk or Village Trustee in the Village of Calumet Park, at
    the consolidated election to be held April 6, 2021, and at each election for
    any of said offices thereafter, be limited such that no person so elected may
    serve more than three (3) consecutive full four (4) year terms in the same
    office?
  • Village of Calumet Park – Shall
    the Village of Calumet Park initiate the process by which the Local Public
    Library for the Village of Calumet Park be disestablished and dissolved?
  • Village of Calumet Park – Shall
    the Village of Calumet Park support its Active Military residents and amend the
    Village of Calumet Park Code of Ordinances to provide an exemption from the
    Motor Vehicle Wheel Tax such that a motor vehicle license or sticker shall be
    issued at no charge for a single passenger vehicle owned by a veteran upon
    showing valid proof of service, registration, and residence?
  • City of Des Plaines – Shall the
    City Clerk in the City of Des Plaines be appointed by the City Manager rather
    than be elected?
  • Village of Elk Grove Village – Should
    the Village have local neighborhood community events?
  • Village of Elk Grove Village – Shall
    the terms of office for those persons seeking nomination or election to, or who
    are holding the office of, Village President (Mayor) and Village Trustee in the
    Village of Elk Grove Village, be limited such that, at the February 23, 2021
    Consolidated Primary Election and all subsequent elections, no person shall be
    eligible to seek nomination or election to, or to hold , elected office in the
    Village of Elk Grove Village where that person has held the same elected office
    for two (2) or more consecutive, four (4) year terms?
  • City of Evanston – Shall the
    City’s offices of mayor, city alderman, and city clerk be elected in
    nonpartisan elections and, if necessary, non-partisan primaries commencing with
    the election to be held in 2020 and thereafter?
  • Village of Hoffman Estates – Shall
    the Village of Hoffman Estates encourage the creation of a full interchange at
    Beverly Road and the I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway?
  • Village of Hoffman Estates – Shall
    the Village of Hoffman Estates encourage the State of Illinois to appoint
    judges based on merit?
  • Village of Hoffman Estates – Shall
    the Village of Hoffman Estates encourage the development of entertainment
    venues within the Village of Hoffman Estates’ Economic Development Area?
  • Village of Lemont – Shall the
    Village of Lemont, in Counties of Cook, Will and DuPage, Illinois, allow the
    operation of a recreational cannabis (marijuana) dispensary within its
    jurisdiction?
  • Village of Lynwood, Referendum
    Question 3        Shall the Village of
    Lynwood become a Home Rule Unit of Government pursuant to Article VII, Section
    6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois?
  • Village of Lynwood – Shall the
    Village of Lynwood, Cook County Illinois adopt the following term limits to be
    effective for, and applicable to all persons who are candidates for those
    offices being elected at the Consolidated General election on April 6, 2021 and
    subsequent elections, so that no person may hold office of Village President,
    Village Clerk, or Village Trustee for more than two four year terms
    prospectively?
  • Village of Lynwood – Shall the
    Village of Lynwood, Cook County Illinois pursue obtaining its own United States
    postal zip code?
  • City of Northlake – Shall the
    City of Northlake allow cannabis businesses to operate within the City of
    Northlake?
  • Village of Riverside – Shall
    the Village of Riverside, Cook County, Illinois, renovate the interior of the
    lower level of the Riverside Public Library building and furnish necessary
    equipment in connection therewith and issue its bonds to the amount of
    $1,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • Village of Riverside – Shall
    the terms of office for those persons elected to the offices of Village
    President or Village Trustee in the Village of Riverside at the Consolidated
    Election to be held on April 6, 2021, and at each election for such offices
    thereafter, be limited such that a person so elected may serve no more than
    three (3) consecutive full four (4) year terms in the office of Village
    President, and no more than three (3) consecutive full four (4) year terms in
    the office of Village Trustee?
  • City of Rolling Meadows – Shall
    the terms of office for those persons elected to the office of alderman in the
    City of Rolling Meadows at the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election, and at each
    election thereafter, be limited such that no person shall be eligible to seek
    election to or hold the office of alderman where that person has been
    previously elected to the office of alderman of the City of Rolling Meadows for
    two (2) consecutive full four (4) year terms?
  • Village of Rosemont – Shall the
    Village of Rosemont, Cook County, Illinois, allow cannabis dispensaries to
    operate within the boundaries of the Village of Rosemont?
  • Village of Rosemont – Shall the
    Village of Rosemont allow video gaming to operate within the boundaries of the
    Village of Rosemont?
  • Village of Stone Park – Shall
    the Stone Park Fire Department serving the citizens with the Village of Stone
    Park cease to provide emergency services and be dissolved and discontinued?
  • Village of Westchester – Shall
    the Village of Westchester prohibit the location of adult-use cannabis
    dispensing organizations within the Village of Westchester?
  • Village of Westchester – Shall
    the Village of Westchester become a home rule unit?
  • Village of Wheeling – Shall the
    Village Clerk of the Village of Wheeling be appointed by the President, with
    the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, rather than be elected?
  • Unit School District 220 – Shall
    the Board of Education of Barrington Community Unit School District Number 220,
    Lake, Cook, Kane and McHenry Counties, Illinois, build and equip additions to
    and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to
    renovating instructional spaces, restrooms and food service areas, installing
    school safety and security improvements, replacing roofs and mechanical,
    electrical and plumbing systems and constructing additions to eliminate mobile
    classrooms, improve school sites and issue bonds of said School District to the
    amount of $147,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • Unit School District 401 – Shall
    the Board of Education of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District Number
    401, Cook County, Illinois, build and equip an addition to and renovate, alter,
    repair and equip the existing John Mills Elementary School Building, renovate,
    alter, repair and equip the existing Elmwood Elementary School Building,
    install safety and security improvements, improve sites and issue bonds of said
    School District to the amount of $55,000,000 for the purpose of paying the
    costs thereof?
  • School District 34 – Shall the
    Board of Education of Glenview Community Consolidated School District Number
    34, Cook County, Illinois, improve the sites of, build and equip additions to
    and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to
    replacing fire suppression, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems,
    increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
    (ADA), improving underground stormwater detention, renovating and expanding
    Springman Middle School, adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten and
    renovating classrooms and science labs, and issue bonds of said School District
    to the amount of $119,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • High School District 220 – Shall
    the Board of Education of Reavis Township High School District Number 220,
    Stickney Township and Cook County, Illinois, construct, improve, renovate,
    alter, repair, and replace portions of the Reavis Township High School Building
    and Campus, including, but not limited to, building a new Field House;
    improving School Safety, Communication, and Emergency Response Systems and
    Equipment; renovating the current Industrial Tech/STEM/Pool Wing; to assist in
    funding the District’s portion of a new A.E.R.O. Special Education Cooperative
    building; altering facilities to make them Americans with Disabilities Act
    accessible to persons with disabilities; repairing 70-year old building
    infrastructure; improving the HVAC, electrical capacity, plumbing, roofing,
    tuck pointing (the “Project”), at a cost of $45,000,000.00?
  • School District 78 – Shall the
    Board of Education of Rosemont School District Number 78, Cook County,
    Illinois, build and equip a new school building for instructional purposes and
    issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $40,000,000 for the
    purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • School District 81 – Shall the
    Board of Education of Schiller Park School District Number 81, Cook County,
    Illinois, build and equip a school building to replace the Washington
    Elementary School Building, install fire suppression systems, security systems
    and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance measures therein, acquire
    land therefor, improve the site thereof and issue bonds of said School District
    to the amount of $30,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • School District 87 – Shall the
    Board of Education of Berkeley School District Number 87, Cook County,
    Illinois, build and equip a school building to replace the Sunnyside
    Intermediate and MacArthur Middle School Buildings, build and equip additions
    to and alter, repair and equip the Riley Intermediate and Northlake Middle
    School Buildings, alter, repair and equip the Whittier Primary and Jefferson
    Primary School Buildings, improve sites, renovate instructional spaces, provide
    STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs, construct life safety,
    security and infrastructure improvements and issue bonds of said School
    District to the amount of $105,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs
    thereof?
  • School District 94 – Shall
    Komarek School District Number 94, Cook County, Illinois, build and equip
    additions to, alter, repair, equip, demolish a portion of and improve the site
    of the existing Komarek School building, and issue its bonds to the amount of
    $20,800,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
  • Morton Grove Park District – Shall
    the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the
    Morton Grove Park District, Cook County, Illinois, be increased by an
    additional amount equal to .105% above the limiting rate for levy year 2018 for
    the purposes of renovating, redeveloping, operating, and maintaining the
    property and facilities known as Harrer Park Pool, owned by the Morton Grove
    Park District, and for other lawful purposes of the Morton Grove Park District,
    and be equal to .400% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property
    therein for levy year 2020?” 1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable
    at the most recently extended limiting rate is $2,307,783, and the approximate
    amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $3,129,197. 2) For
    the 2020 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable
    against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market
    value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $30.57. 3)
    If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2020 will be
    determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the
    otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property
    Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).
  • South Barrington Park District
    – Shall the South Barrington Park District, Cook County, Illinois, sell the
    following described real estate: that approximately 34-acre parcel of real
    property consisting of all of the land, commonly known as “Area N,”
    located at the southeast corner of Bartlett Road and Route 59 in South
    Barrington, Illinois?
  • Gail Borden Library District – Shall
    the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Gail
    Borden Public Library District, Kane County and Cook County, Illinois, be
    increased by an additional amount equal to 0.08765% above the limiting rate for
    levy year 2018 in Kane County, Illinois and by an additional amount equal to
    0.0850% above the limiting rate for levy year 2018 in Cook County, Illinois for
    the purpose of the establishment, maintenance, and support of a public library
    and be equal to 0.486% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property
    therein for levy year 2020?” 1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable
    at the most recently extended limiting rate is $12,321,622.56, and the
    approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is
    $15,009,960.42. 2) For the 2020 levy year the approximate amount of the
    additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence
    and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is
    estimated to be $29.22 in Kane County, Illinois and $24.74 in Cook County,
    Illinois. 3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2020
    will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition rather
    than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of
    the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax
    Cap Law).
  • Yorkfield Fire Protection
    District – Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation
    Law for the Yorkfield Fire Protection District, Cook and DuPage Counties,
    Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.20% above the
    limiting rate for fire protection and ambulance purposes for levy year 2018 and
    be equal to 0.4186% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property
    therein for levy year 2020?” 1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable
    at the most recent extended limiting rate is $117,196, and the approximate
    amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $224,420. 2) For
    the 2020 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable
    against property containing a single-family residence and having a fair market
    value at the time of referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $66.67 in DuPage
    County and $58.22 in Cook County. 3) If the proposition is approved, the
    aggregate extension for 2020 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth
    in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate
    calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly
    known as the Property Tax Cap Law).
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