03/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Three Townships Voting On Secession From Cook County

Three northwest suburban townships are asking residents whether they want to secede from Cook County. The referendum questions in Palatine, Barrington and Hanover Townships on the April 7 ballot won't be binding. And even if they were, a majority of votes from all of Cook County would be needed to allow the renegade townships to form their own county or join another.

The opening shot in the debate was the County Board's decision last February to increase the sales tax.

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