Voters in the Illini West School District overwhelmingly shot down a referendum that would've helped build a new high school.
The referendum would have issued building bonds worth $9 million as part of a proposed $27 million high school facility. The remaining $18 million would have been funded by the state.
Superintendent Kim Schilson is disappointed with the results of the vote but isn't surprised.
"It's a tough economy," Schilson said. "Any time you ask people to raise their taxes in a tough economy - it's a hard sell."
Schilson says that although the referendum didn't pass, the school district still needs a new facility.
"There's definitely room for improvement when you only get 40 percent of the vote," Schilson said. "We're just going to have to sit down, look at where the votes came from and the concerns the community has and go from there."
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