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Primary Election Round-up: Sandage Among Winners, Sales Tax Hike, Ward Modification Defeated

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:57:59 CDT
By: GLT News

In addition to Bruce Rauner's win in the GOP race for Illinois Governor, Rodney Davis easily held off a challenge from former Miss America Erika Harold to win the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional district. He'll face Democrat Ann Callis in November, in what promises to be a very high profile race on the national level. Democrat Darrel Miller of McLean County won the 18th District Congressional nomination. He has a tough task facing incumbent Republican Aaron Schock this fall. Schock was uncontested in the primary.

Jon Sandage won by a comfortable margin over his opponent Jeff Elston in race for the Republican nomination in the McLean County sheriff's race. Donning a ball cap that said in large white letters "Sheriff," Sandage told his cheering supporters he wants to tackle the two main issues both he and his opponent stressed in the primary election.

Sandage also said he will seek greater cooperation between his department and rural law enforcement officers in an effort to place more officers out in the community. But he says he will keep a sheriff on duty at the public window of the sheriff's department, a practice his opponent had called a waste of manpower.

Efforts to increase the sales tax in McLean County by 1% so schools could use the funds for infrastructure improvements went down to defeat by a wide margin today. Bloomington businessman Erik Prenzler headed up the opposition group Citizens Acting for Responsible Education. He says his group worked hard in a short amount of time...


The head of Unit Five Schools says he will need to analyze the vote more before saying what went wrong with the effort to pass a sales tax. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker has more.


Also falling was the proposal to modify Bloomington's ward system to allow for more at-large representation.

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