A bill that passed the state legislature with wide bipartisan support for a referendum question in Lake County — asking if the county assessor should be an elected office — was killed this week when Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto.

His action, opening up the referendum question to other counties with an appointed assessor, means the question will not be on the November ballot.

State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, said Rauner, a Republican, was ignoring thousands of taxpayers who called on him to sign the bill as is.

“He’s killed the ability of county residents to vote on this, end of story,” Yingling said.

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August 28, 2018 at 04:09PM