Local referendums for Southland voters on the November ballot

In addition to who will sit in the governor’s mansion or in Congress, voters in the south and southwest suburbs will weigh in on issues such as minimum wage and earned sick leave, solar energy, video gambling, term limits and truck parking.

Here’s a look at the referendums that will be on the November ballot:

  1. In four south suburbs — Hazel Crest, Midlothian, Richton Park and Thornton — voters will be asked in a non-binding referendum question whether Cook County should “create and maintain a tax incentive program that results in lower property tax bills and reduces the tax burden on local property owners and taxpayers.”

Also non-binding, the question was put on the ballot partly in response to changes to county tax incentives for businesses, Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry said.

He and many other south suburban officials railed against new regulations requiring private developers to pay prevailing wages and hire apprentices in order to take advantage of popular incentive programs. Those changes took effect Sept. 1… Please click here to read Susan DeMar Lafferty and Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribuune/Daily Southtown.

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