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Binding Niles Referendum Trending ‘No’ With 32-Vote Difference

Cook County Clerk To Publish Final Unofficial Results Thursday

Tom Robb

Niles Village Hall.

Nearly two weeks after the June 28 Primary Election, a binding referendum question on Niles’ form of government, which would also repeal referenda dating back to 2014, is trending toward a “no” vote separated by less than 1%.

Officials with the Cook County Clerk’s Office who administer elections in suburban Cook County said Tuesday, July 12, would be the last day late-arriving mail-in ballots, postmarked by Election Day, would be accepted. Clerk’s spokeswoman Sally Daly said final unofficial election results should be posted by Thursday, July 14.

The referendum question read, “Shall the form of government in the Village of Niles comply with the Trustee-Village Form of Government provided in Article 3.1 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/3.1, et seq.) as it pertains to the manner of election and appointment of officers in the Village of Niles with any and all contrary provisions previously enacted by referenda, ordinance, or otherwise on or after March 18, 2014 being repealed?”

If declared successful, the question would repeal ordinances created by referendums circulated by Niles resident Joe Makula mandating that all village trustees be elected, stripping the mayor’s authority to fill vacant trustee seats by appointment, and mandating that members of the Niles Board of Ethics be elected and not appointed.

Unofficial election results as of Friday, July 8 showed 1,721 (50.47%) “no” votes and 1,689 (49.53%) “yes” votes — a difference of just 32 votes.

On Friday morning, July 1, the tally of unofficial results by the Cook County clerk was 1,705 “no” votes (50.4%) and 1,674 “yes” votes (49.5%) — a difference of 31 votes.

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