LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018
Sales tax and township consolidation propositions pass
In addition to the candidates running for office, there were several questions on the ballot for voters in Sangamon County. One question was if Capital Township should be consolidated with Sangamon County. The other was if there should be a one percent sales tax to help schools pay for facility improvements.
Both questions passed. The township question passed handily with 75 percent of the vote. The sales tax was approved much more narrowly, 53 to 47 percent.
Because it was a non-binding question, the township vote will do nothing by itself. It will, however, strengthen the case for the county and township to consolidate.
The sales tax referendum was a binding question, and will go into effect July of 2019. It is expected to raise about $10 million for District 186, and another $10 million for other districts in Sangamon County.
Republicans Campbell, Aiello win county races
With 99 percent of precincts reporting in, we can announce Jack Campbell will be the next Sangamon County Sheriff, and Joe Aiello will be the next County Treasurer. Campbell took 65 percent of the vote, and Aiello took slightly less at 63.
Both parties won contested county board seats. Republicans Abe Forsyth (27) and Tim Krell (15) won their races. And Democrat Anthony “Tony” DelGiorno won in district 22.
At the current time, it appears Mike Murphy will represent the 99th Illinois House district, which covers most of Sangamon County. The 96th House race between Rep. Sue Scherer and Herman Senor, as well as State Senate district 48 (Manar/McMillan) are both too close to call.
County Treasurer candidate Tom Raymond w/ Thomas Clatterbuck
In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we had Sangamon County Treasurer candidate Tom Raymond. Raymond is running as the Democratic candidate in the treasurer’s race. Raymond currently works for the Illinois Department of Revenue, and serves on the executive board of AFSCME Local 997.
We discussed several of his new proposals to help the county, including a grant for first time homeowners. This program would work through local banks to encourage home ownership in communities that are currently underserved. Some of Raymond’s other proposals involve expanding broadband internet access, and providing more money to fight the drug epidemic.
Raymond also offered his views on some major county issues as well. He broke with the current county board and Mayor Langfelder and said that Capital Township should remain an independent agency. Although he leaned towards the city rather than the county taking over the township functions, Raymond said the township was starting to revitalize itself and should continue to do so. He also came out strongly in favor of the sales tax to support the schools, and was cautiously optimistic about the new EDC.
You can watch the full interview in the player. To learn more about Tom Raymond and the other candidates for Treasurer, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.
You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Shows page.
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