Other questions on November ballots

Proposals about community electric aggregation are the most common on East Central Illinois ballots this year, but voters everywhere will be asked to decide on a number of ballot questions:

-- In Champaign and Urbana, voters will be asked their opinions on the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC, in which the high court decided that corporations have a First Amendment right to donate unlimited amounts of money to political groups.

And in a question that will only appear in Urbana, voters will be asked if they think the city should establish by ordinance that owners of privately owned public spaces — malls or parking lots, for example — "respect the right of polite, nondisruptive free political speech."

Both questions were approved by residents at town hall meetings this spring, and both are nonbinding and symbolic in nature.

-- Vermilion County voters will be asked whether county officials should be allowed to sell the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home. Financial concerns with the nursing home are driving the county board to ask voters for the authority to sell the facility on Catlin-Tilton Road just west of Tilton.

Slow Medicaid reimbursements from the state have exacerbated its condition, according to county officials, and now the facility faces Medicaid cuts and other issues that could negatively affect its bottom line.

-- Village of Camargo voters will be asked to decide whether retail alcohol sales should be prohibited within the village limits.

-- Northern Piatt County Fire Protection District voters will be asked whether the district's board members should be elected rather than appointed. The district spans parts of Piatt, DeWitt, McLean and Champaign counties.

-- Residents of the Clark-Edgar Rural Water District board in Edgar County will be asked a similar question about its board.

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