Illinois Bond Elections


Illinois offers cities and other local governments a few methods to borrow funds without voter approval (e.g. debt certificates).  Certain types of bonds, such as Alternate Revenue Source Bonds, that are secured by a property tax levy are subject to "backdoor referendum."  Bonds that are subject to backdoor referendum do not require voter approval unless a petition is signed by a specified number of registered voters during a specified 30 day period.

Bond issues requiring voter approval must obtain a simple majority vote for passage. 

There are only four days during any two year period in which a referendum may be held. The resolution or ordinance calling for the election must be adopted not less than 79 days prior to the election date.  Dates for elections in the years 2019 and 2020 are as follows:

 

2019 Consolidated Primary - February 26, 2019

2019 Consolidated Election - April 2, 2019

2020 Primary Election - March 17, 2020

2020 General Election - November 3, 2020


 

 

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