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Village of Winthrop Harbor Seeks Home Rule

 


Winthrop Harbor, IL: On July 3, 2018, with a vote of 5 to 0 and one trustee absent, the Winthrop Harbor Village Board approved an authorizing resolution for a referendum question to be placed on the November 6th election ballot. The question will read, "Shall the Village of Winthrop Harbor become a home rule unit?" The authorizing resolution is in the process of being filed with the appropriate election officials.

"We clearly understand that our local challenges are not going to be fixed by the collective of elected officials in Springfield," said Mayor Michael Bruno. "The Board sees the self-governance powers of home rule as a potential benefit to the Village, its residents and our taxpayers." Bruno continued, "We see home rule as a tool that will allow Village government the opportunity to exercise additional powers to meet the needs of the people living and working in Winthrop Harbor."

The Illinois State Constitution permits non-home rule municipalities, like Winthrop Harbor, the right to become home rule communities if approved by referendum. Municipalities with certified populations over 25,000 are automatically granted home rule status. "The Village Board is unified in an agenda that will move our community forward," said Trustee Buddy Hargett. "We see home rule as a valuable tool in supporting our efforts. For this reason it was decided that we would present the home rule question to the voters and let them decide."

Community meetings are being scheduled for August, September, and October. These meetings will serve as a forum for better understanding home rule and take the public's questions concerning the initiative.

 

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