Breen Joins Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Closing Loophole that Could Invalidate Approved Referenda

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the Illinois House successfully moved legislation on Monday that will allow four referendums approved by voters in November to stand, in spite of efforts by a group of citizens to have them nullified due to posting technicalities.

On November 8, voters in the Bloomingdale Park District, Lombard Library District, Hinsdale Elementary School District 181 and Salt Creek Elementary School District 48 each approved tax increase proposals that appeared on their respective ballots. In each instance, the required posting of the question appeared three days earlier than the election code’s mandated posting window of no more than 30 days and not less than 10 days prior to an election.

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard), a Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislative fix, represents voters who supported a referendum for the Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library in Lombard.

“Voter intent must be honored,” Breen said.” I don’t like additional taxes any more than anyone else, but the voters have spoken. We must respect their voices and allow the bonds to be issued.”

The approved referendum in Lombard authorized the library district to borrow $22.3 million to replace the existing library at 110 W. Maple Street through bonds that will be repaid over 20 years.

“This legislative remedy is very narrow in scope and addresses this very specific issue,” Breen said. “Clearly, adequate notice about these referendum questions was provided to voters. The people gave their permission for these projects to proceed, and we all need to respect their wishes.”

SB 3319 was approved in the House by a 100-9-1 vote. The measure will be heard in the Senate today, and if approved, it will be sent to the Governor for his signature.