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Voters and referendums

PRINCETON — Bureau County registered voters will have their say in not only the presidential, state and local races on Nov. 6, but they will also be asked whether to amend the state constitution regarding the required vote needed to make changes in any public pension or retirement system.

The state referendum would require a three-fifths vote of each chamber of the General Assembly or the governing body of a unit local government, school district or pension or retirement system, in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system. Currently, a simple majority vote can make the change. The proposed amendment, if approved by voters, would take effect on Jan. 9, 2013.

In addition to the one state referendum, registered voters in Wyanet and Tiskilwa will also be asked to vote whether to approve electricity aggregation for their villages.

The question is as follows for both communities: “Shall the village of Tiskilwa (Wyanet) have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?” The required response is a simple Yes or No answer.

If the registered voters of Tiskilwa and Wyanet approve their referendums, they would follow similar action taken at the April 2012 primary election by the communities of DePue, Malden, Spring Valley and Walnut.

In northeastern Bureau County, registered voters who live in Mendota Grade School District 289 will have a question on their ballots about how to elect school board members. Currently, those school board members are elected by congressional township, and the question before voters is if the board members should be elected at large and without restriction by areas of residence within the district.

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