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Updated: Winnetka Votes Down Affordable Housing Referendum

More than 2,000 people voted against the initiative, while roughly 690 residents voted for the referendum.

Of the 2,722 Winnetkans who voted in the affordable housing referendum, roughly 75.4 percent voted down the initiative. Meanwhile only about 25.4 percent of voters, or 692 people, were in favor of the objecitve.

"It's no surprise, the Village of Winnetka voted against affordable housing in 2005 when they voted for home rule, and just past summer 78 percent of the respondents to the caucus survey said they didn't want it." said Carry Buck, chair of WHOA, "This is what we expected and it's another landslide."

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But, according to Gail Schechter, the executive director of the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, the vote is an innaccurate gauge of Winnetkans sentiments towards the issue.

"Winnetka continues to have an affordable housing plan on file with the state of Illinois. Nothing has changed." Schechter wrote in a statement to Patch, "Objectively speaking, a relative handful of Winnetka voters took part in a primary election that mattered mainly to one party, and hence was innately skewed. In the voting booth, this unrepresentative sampling of village residents encountered a vaguely written referendum issue, presented without history or context. The results prove nothing about the state of opinion in Winnetka as a whole regarding the desirability of affordable housing. We are confident that in a general election – involving wide village turnout, in-depth prior debate, and a fairly and substantively worded proposal – the results would be dramatically different."

Stay tuned for more reactions to the vote.

jay vanderlaan March 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Refreshing to see common sense prevail in elections and politics for a change. this referendum was attached to some post office improvements...struggling valiantly to find a connection....And after the recent gerrymandering of our district by the liberals in Springfield we're now stuck in Jan Shickowshky's district (who clearly never fact checks anything, so neither will i spell check her name). The last thing we need is to further undermine our district with liberal housing giveaways at taxpayer expense. can't wait 'til November!
Hughie the Graeme March 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Now, while the memory is still painfully fresh of the worst financial collapse since Tulip Mania ... while the greed-maddened banksters who crashed the economy in hopes of extracting one last nickel from the "muppets" they so openly despise go not only unpunished, but obscenely well rewarded for their crimes ... while the big banks, still awash in bad paper and leveraged at science-fiction levels, sneer at the taxpayer, knowing they are truly too big to fail, although to corrupt to function normally ... Winnetkans still see affordable housing as the real "giveaway"! My God, people ... if you're so rich, why aren't you smart? Do you really want Winnetka to be a gated community of the One Percent? What do you want your children to think and to be? You see enemies everywhere, but you are your own worst enemies. One day I hope you get an honest view of yourselves in all your passionate indifference to your fellow man. Property values are no substitute for humanity.
Gail Schechter March 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Official statement of Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs regarding the Winnetka referendum: Yesterday, 2,030 Winnetka voters voted No and 692 voted Yes on a referendum worded by the Winnetka Home Owners Association: “Should the Village of Winnetka expand our existing Affordable Housing Plan?” The question is, what direction does this provide the Village of Winnetka with regard to affordable housing? The answer is none at all. Winnetka voters received not one iota of information in advance of the election about the nature of the “existing affordable housing plan,” the definition of affordable housing or proposals for expansion. Moreover, the referendum, as a policy issue, is non-binding by state law. Winnetka continues to have an affordable housing plan on file with the state of Illinois. Nothing has changed. Objectively speaking, a relative handful of Winnetka voters took part in a primary election that mattered mainly to one party, and hence was innately skewed. In the voting booth, this unrepresentative sampling of village residents encountered a vaguely written referendum issue, presented without history or context. The results prove nothing about the state of opinion in Winnetka as a whole regarding the desirability of affordable housing. We are confident that in a general election – involving wide village turnout, in-depth prior debate, and a fairly and substantively worded proposal – the results would be dramatically different.
Lee Mulcahy March 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Want to talk about the behavior of the 0.0001%? From the Aspen front page: SkiCo CEO: Former instructor is a public figure The CEO of the Aspen Skiing Co. says a libel lawsuit brought against him by a former ski instructor should be dismissed because the plaintiff is a public figure, according to a court filing. The attorney for Mike Kaplan filed a response Monday to Lee Mulcahy’s lawsuit in Pitkin County District Court. It says the plaintiff “is a public figure by virtue of his involvement in matters of public interest or general concern.” Mulcahy on Friday also sued Paula and James Crown, SkiCo’s owners seeking to overturn his company-imposed ban that prevents him from using ski lifts or otherwise stepping foot on SkiCo properties like restaurants. The lawsuit against the Crowns also seeks $1. The war of words between Mulcahy and SkiCo began in Nov 2010, when the instructor filed two complaints with the NLRB. He claimed the company had violated federal labor law in restructuring its ski school and by removing him from an elite team of instructors as retaliation for discussing unionization. Mulcahy has been banned from the ski areas and all company-owned property since he distributed fliers to guests in the SkiCo-owned Little Nell hotel. The material criticized the ski school’s pay policies. He was also suspended with pay starting that day and told that the company would press trespassing charges if he violated the ban. He was fired Jan. 31, 2011.

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