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Landslide defeat for proposition to increase tax rate in Putnam County

Lenkaitis, Holly and Malavolti win county board seats

Putnam County voter Mary Malavolti enters a polling place Tuesday. Putnam County voters turned out at a 61.5-percent clip to vote on a countywide referendum, among other choices on the ballot.
Putnam County voter Mary Malavolti enters a polling place Tuesday. Putnam County voters turned out at a 61.5-percent clip to vote on a countywide referendum, among other choices on the ballot.

HENNEPIN — Putnam County voters overwhelmingly voted against a proposed tax increase in Tuesday's general election.

Slightly more than three-fourths of voters (75.22 percent) chose "No" on their ballots in regard to a proposition to increase the current corporate tax rate of .37 percent to .67 percent.

At the .37 rate, the county collects approximately $553,000 a year. The increased rate would have collected about $1.04 million for the county's General Fund.

"We've heard the voters. The corporate rate will remain at the maximum amount of .37," Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti said.

"In the meantime, the county board will have to look at other areas and ways to increase revenue and to reduce spending. As I've said before, all areas will be looked at. The board will do their best in working through this situation and will continually explore all options available. There are many hard decisions to be made before Dec.1 by the finance committee," Malavolti said.

Voter turnout

Of the county's 4,289 registered voters, 2,638 of them cast a ballot, or 61.5 percent.

Putnam County Board

Incumbent Putnam County Board members Steve Malavolti and Luke Holly retained their seats on the board and will be joined by Charles Lenkaitis.

"Now is when the hard work starts. We've got a lot of important decisions to make," Lenkaitis said the morning after the election.

Lenkaitis received the most votes with 28.15 percent; Holly received 25.03 percent; Malavolti received 23.63 percent; and Brad Popurella trailed with 23.2 percent.

"I would like to thank all those who trusted me enough to vote for me, and I wish our winners all of the best of luck," Popurella said after the votes were counted. 

Note to readers: The following are the Putnam County results for contested races ultimately decided on a larger stage:


Bruce Rauner conceded the race for the governorship of Illinois to J.B. Pritzker early on Election Night. However, PC voters gave Rauner 48.1 percent of their votes over Pritzker's 42.8 percent.

16th Congressional District

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger received 57.7 percent of Putnam County votes while 42.1 percent chose Sara Dady.

State senator for the 38th Legislative District

Incumbent Sue Rezin received 58.6 percent of the local vote, compared to 41.4 percent for Heidi Henry.

Representative in the General Assembly for the 76th District

Locally, 53.1 percent of voters chose Lance Yednock compared to the 46.9 percent who voted for Jerry Long.

Attorney General

Putnam County voters gave Erika Harold 54.4 percent of local votes compared to Kwame Raoul's 42.4 percent and Bubba Harsy's 3.3 percent.

Secretary of State

Jesse White easily won the Putnam County vote with 60.6 percent compared to Jason Helland's 37.4 percent and Steve Dutner's 2.1 percent.


Susana A. Mendoza captured 50.6 percent of PC votes, Darlene Senger received 45.9 percent, and Claire Ball earned 3.5 percent.


Jim Dodge won 49.1 percent of PC votes while Michael W. Frerichs received 46.5 percent and Michael Leheney received 4.4 percent.

Judge retention

Paul Gilfillan, Kevin W. Lyons, Kate Gorman were all chosen by PC voters to be retained as judges of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.

Princeton Elementary School District's $35 million referendum

The two PC residents voting on the referendum to issue $35 million in bonds to fund the construction of a new, 109,900-square-foot building for grades 3 through 8 in Princeton split their votes, one voting in favor, one opposed. The referendum was defeated 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent in Bureau County.

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