The Des Plaines TIF referendum was rejected by voters 7,531 to 2,235.
[Update: With 56 of 59 precincts counted, it’s now 10,792 (78%) against the TIF with only 3,083 (22%) supporting it.]
Not that it matters. The Des Plaines City Council had already voted to create the TIF district the day before the election.
Mayor Tony Arredia was able to keep opponents of the TIF out of the meeting on the dubious grounds that city ordinance prohibits discussion of election issues that close to an election. Apparently, however, they could still vote on it…just not bring outsiders in to discuss it.
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