By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON —
A community informational meeting about Home Rule will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.
The guest speaker is Illinois Municipal League Roger Huebner.
“He is with the Illinois Municipal League and has a lot of knowledge about Home Rule,” said Bill Beck, co-chairman of the Keep Home Rule Vote No committee. “When people have questions about Home Rule, they talk to people on one side of the issue and get their side. They talk to the other side and get their side. This is someone who isn’t from this area and has no dog in the fight. He is just someone with a lot of knowledge about the issue at hand.”
Home Rule is an issue which is facing voters on Nov. 6, as a referendum will be on the ballot for all residents of Mt. Vernon which states, “Should the people of Mt. Vernon, IL return the power to raise local taxes only by a vote from the people approving said tax, stopping the City Council from raising taxes through their sole power of Home Rule without your vote? If so vote Yes to Revoke Home Rule powers from the City of Mt. Vernon, in the County of Jefferson, State of Illinois, 62864.”
Under wording of the referendum, those who want to abolish Home Rule would vote “yes;” those who want to keep Home Rule would vote “no.”
The Illinois Municipal League mission statement states it is for those who believe in keeping decision-making local, is a statewide community-focused lobbying and educational organization “whose special interest is the people” so municipalities can have a powerful resource and voice in Springfield.