Voters turn down new Illini West High School measure

HANCOCK CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — Voters in Illini West School District decided if the district should build a new high school.

Residents in the school district voted against the bond referendum, which would have funded a new high school, in Tuesday’s primary election. 

The question on the ballot read: 

“Shall the Board of Election of Illini West High School District 307, Hancock, Henderson and McDonough Counties, Illinois, build and equip a new high school building and improve the site thereof, on a site owned by the District located at the northest corner of the intersection between Illinois Highway 94 and County Road 2600 North in Durham Township of Hancock County, Illinois and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $17,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost thereof?”

More than 2,000 voters, 73 percent, voted against the measure while only 768 voted in favor. 

Some in the school district said the current school is outdated and has safety concerns. Officials said it could cost $22 million to fix the building. 

It would cost the school district $33 million to build a new high school. $17 million of that would have come from a bond, paid by taxpayers. Meaning taxpayers in the school district would’ve paid 85 cents per $100 in assessed value. For example, if your house is worth $30,000, the homeowner would’ve paid $85 towards the new high school.