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      No new building for Illini West

      Four water main breaks in the fall have left the school's drinking water and bathroom situation a mess. A photo taken Tuesday of the water in the Home Ec classroom shows a cup with murky brown water with solids at the bottom. It's one of many signs of the school's aging infrastructure.

      The votes are in and Illini West High School will not be getting a new building.

      Voters in the Illini West School District were asked to approve a bond issue that would help build a new high school.

      The referendum proposed an increase in property tax to fund the construction.

      Nearly 70 percent voted against the tax hike.

      Now, the school board will have to discuss alternate options.

      The current building has experienced issues with overcrowding, water main breaks and security issues.

      School officials say it's difficult to see the proposal get struck down.

      "The economy is not good, it was a tax increase when there was an economic downturn is hard. Location seems to come up a lot, especially with the northern part of our district. We're a very large district, 366 square miles. It's a long ways from Lomax to Carthage. From one end to the other is a huge distance, so that's been a concern for a lot of people," Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson said.

      This is the second time since November that the proposal has appeared on the ballot.