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Libertyville Voters Shoot Down Brainerd Referendum

The proposal to turn the historic Brainerd building into a community center was defeated by voters, 2,954 to 652.

After much discussion, Libertyville voters have had their say at the ballot box and voiced a resounding "no" to the controversial Brainerd referendum that asked whether the historic building should be turned into a community center.

With all precincts reporting, 82 percent of voters said no to the referendum. The vote totals were 2,954 to 652.

Read Patch’s full Brainerd coverage here.

The referendum reads:

"Shall the Village of Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois, rehabilitate the former Libertyville High School (commonly known as the Brainerd Building) owned by Community High School District Number 128 into a community center and fund a reserve fund in connection therewith to pay a portion of the annual rental payments to said High School District and issue its bonds to the amount of not to exceed $11,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

These results do not include early voting and vote-by-mail ballots. 

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joe bean March 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Everyone who worked on the Brainerd idea was committed to the concept -- and I disagree with your statement that it was wasted time. Not at all! Although I was opposed to the idea, I have great respect, as I said much earlier, for the time, energy and effort everyone associated with the concept devoted to the cause. Win or lose, i think those who were involved are to be respected and applauded.
Martina Golden March 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Its regrettable that the building could not have been used in a way that met the needs of the community and wasn't such a potential liability. I applaud the efforts of both sides. I appreciate that the voters were allowed to make the decision.
joe bean March 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM
well said, martina.
Brian L. March 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM
I do agree Martina, but I still will hold that those hours have become wasted, albeit in retrospect only. At the time it was well spent for me trying to do something for the community but as of a few days ago all it resulted in will be a torn down building. Again, I'm not affiliated with the savebrainerd group at all so am definitely not speaking for them. Just myself as a volunteer.
Britton Shoellhorn March 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM
I grew up in Libertyville at the intersection of Douglas and Maple Ave so I was very familiar with the "ins and outs" of the Brainerd building as a child. I have since gone on to college and joined the US Army. I believe that whomever is in current ownership of the building should open up discussions with the Illinois National Guard about selling the building/property as this building would make a great Armory. The building mechanics would be more that adequate to house a number of units with a variety of specializations. It also has the Indoor running track that could be used for fitness tests. I addition the drill weekends would bring a number of honorable Service Members from around your State to the area that would stimulate the weekend food,service, and retail economies. The people of Libertyville would also have the comfort of knowing that they will be there during times of natural disasters; a great example being winter storms. Just a thought, Britton C. Shoellhorn

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