Illinois judge rules to expedite appeal hearing on 'Bring Chicago Home' referendum before primary

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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An Illinois judge ruled Wednesday to expedite an appeal hearing for the "Bring Chicago Home" tax referendum before the 2024 Illinois primary in March.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A state judge has agreed to speed up the city's appeal of a ruling blocking the "Bring Chicago Home" referendum.

In an order filed Wednesday, lawyers on both sides were told to have their arguments ready for next week.

On Monday, a formal ruling brought the fight over the referendum to a higher court.

The referendum asks voters to change the "real estate transfer tax" on home sales more than a million dollars.

A lower court judge ruled the question on the ballot vague and unconstitutional last week.

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Elections hope to have a ruling prior to the primary election on March 19.

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