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Dolton voters appear to favor recalling Mayor Tiffany Henyard; Matteson voters back home rule – Chicago Tribune

Unofficial vote totals showed Dolton voters in support of a measure to recall newly elected Mayor Tiffany Henyard, although whether those votes will ultimately count remains to be seen.

In Matteson, voters there appeared to favor a move to make the village a home rule community, and an increase in the sales tax in Richton Park appeared to have been approved, according to unofficial election results.

Ballots in Dolton contained two questions about a recall. The first asks whether the village should create a mechanism to recall the mayor before a four-year term has ended. The second asks whether Henyard, who was elected in 2021, should be recalled.

With all precincts reporting, 56% of voters were in favor of both measures and 44% opposed, unofficial results from the Cook County clerk’s office showed.

Henyard named Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough and all six Dolton Village Board trustees as defendants in a lawsuit filed April 25 challenged the constitutionality of the recall questions that a board majority voted Dec. 8 to place on ballots.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Paul Karkula recently ruled in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the referendum questions, saying the Cook County clerk should disregard the results of two referendum questions seeking to oust the mayor. But the appellate court ordered votes be counted, but won’t rule on the legality of the referendum until September.

In Matteson, with 91% of precincts reporting, 54% of voters were in support of the home-rule question, while 46% were opposed, unofficial results showed.

Village officials maintain that having home-rule authority will give the village more financial flexibility.

It is the second time Matteson has tried to achieve home-rule status, with the referendum being rejected by voters in 2014.

In Richton Park, with all precincts reporting, voters apparently supported a move to increase the village’s nonhome-rule sales tax to 1% from the current 0.5%, with the increased revenue earmarked for municipal operations, public infrastructure improvements and possible property tax relief.

Unofficial results from Cook County showed 51% of voters favoring it and 49% opposed.

Voters in Riverdale appeared to have rejected a plan to boost property taxes in order to fund alley restoration improvements.

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With all precincts reporting, 23% of voters were in support while 77% were opposed, according to unofficial results.

A second question proposed to outlaw the ownership of “vicious dogs” in the suburb, with 23% of voters supporting it and 77% opposed, according to unofficial results.

Voters at Kirby School District 140 in Tinley Park appeared to support a plan to build a new school, unofficial results show.

The district was asking for voter approval to dip into cash reserves to build a new Fernway Park school just west of the existing school at 16600 88th Ave., Orland Park.

The district said there would be no property tax impact on district residents, but that voter approval is needed to tap reserves for the project, which would see an 83,000-square-foot school built at a cost estimated at $34 million.

With 92% of precincts reporting, 63% of district voters supported the project and 37% were opposed, according to Cook County clerk.

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