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Hillsboro High School Bond Issue Coasts to Passage, Montgomery County Board Goes More Red

After more than a century of service, the Main Building of Hillsboro High School will soon be retired to memories and the history books.  Hillsboro School District voters soundly supported a 13 million bond issue for a new facility that will connect to the remaining builings on campus, leading to cheers at a watch party last night at the Abbey on Broad.   The referendum passed by nearly a 2 to 1 margin.  The final hours of the debate over the referendum certainly were dramatic. Sorento based attorney and Attorney Geneal candidate Tom DeVore took issue with the numbers and theWith  claims of negative tax impact.  He didn’t take an issue on the project itself while he wrapped up his campaign for Illinois Attorney General. 

Speaking of DeVore, his race for Attorney General drew fervent support but it doesn't appear that support will lead to victory.  With 97 percent of the vote in, he trails incumbent Kwame Raoul 54 to 44 percent.

There weren’t many contested races but two races did get competitive with the Montgomery County Board squeezing down to a smaller size,  from 21 to 14 members.  William Bergen and Russell Beson will remain on the board in District 5 after defeating Democrat Richard Wendel.  In seven, Timothy Fogle was the odd man out as Bob Sneed and Andy Ritchie were voted in for new terms. The new board will have one lone Democrat. In other races, State Senator Doris Turner, who is leaving behind much of the listening area with the new 48th district map, won a fierce battle with State Rep Sandy Hamilton. .