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Illini West High School referendum struck down for second time

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A vote for a property tax hike to build a new facility for Illini West High School in Hancock County was struck down for the second time by voters Tuesday night.

Officials say they need a new high school because they lease their current facility from Carthage Elementary and the building is cramped and technologically outdated.

Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson says the school board is now going to re-evaluate the situation.

"Whether they want to change the site, maybe stay with the same site, not put it on the ballot next time, so they are just really going to have to look at the data and see what the community is saying and go from there," said Schilson. 

The state would have footed the bill for the remaining $18 million to build the $26 million school if it would have passed.

The proposed tax hike was first on the ballot last November.

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