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Naperville City District Creation Referendum (November 2010)

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A Naperville City District Creation Referendum measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Will County and DuPage County for voters in the city of Naperville.

This measure was approved

  • YES 18,886 (63.88%)Approveda
  • NO 10,678 (36.12%)[1]

This measure was also approved in Will County.

  • YES 9,350 (70.49%)Approveda
  • NO 3,915 (29.51%)[2]

Though this measure was approved, the redistricting of the city will wait till after the April 2011 municipal elections because candidates have already turned in their petitions to run and redistricting now would force them to re do that. A judge ruled that instead, the city would need to redistrict by the 2013 elections giving them more time.[3]

Background

Petitioners had a goal to try to get the city split up into districts in order to vote for councilmen for a particular district and not all at large. The question was if voters wanted to split the council into five district seats and three at large seats. Proponents said residents would have one member who was more familiar with their area where as opponents said residents would have less people to turn to if they needed help. Petitioners are trying to get the issue onto the November 2010 ballot, 1,900 signatures are needed to validate the petition.[4] Above all else, the petition group wanted to garner debate and discussion about the issues. While this had been more likely to qualify for the November ballot because the singature requirement was lower, both issues were important for discussion.[5]

A town meeting had been held March 23 to discuss the issue, if it should be placed on the ballot and how it would help or hinder residents of the city. But those against the measure just said that districting the city will split interests and Naperville is mostly homogeneous in its population. Proponents stated that the main help would be residents could have a closer connection to a particular council member.[6]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Naperville elect part of the councilmen at large and part of the councilmen from districts with staggered four year terms and biennial elections?[7]

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