Just under a year ago, Tax Fighter Jim Tobin died.
One of his pet peaves was Home Rule.
When municipalities under 25,000 people (the constitutional threshold for automatic Home Rule status) held referendums seeking such status, which would give them unlimited taxing authority, he would partner with local opponents.
Tobin wold produce flyers liks the one above which would be distributed with Home Rule opponents.
With Tobin no longer with us, take a look at the results of referendums to retain Home Rule taxing status in cities whose population dipped below 25,000:
- Kankakee and
were two of seven Illinois municipalities forced to place home rule referendums on the Nov. 8 ballot because of reported population drops. Others were
- Melrose Park,
- Collinsville and
- East St. Louis.
All survived, with margins of victory ranging from 53% to 47% in Harvey, to an 80% to 20% split in Melrose Park.
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My hometown of Lakewood tried to obtain Home Rule status through a referendum.
We defeated the referendum.