Most Chicago-area residents live in municipalities where officials can borrow as much as they want without putting such deals to a public vote.  But Lemont residents are supposed to get a more direct say in how their elected officials tax and borrow because, as a small suburb, they never approved granting officials such sweeping power, called home rule.

Residents saw how neighboring towns beefed-up on debt, creating the cycle of rising taxes and more borrowing to make payments — and they want nothing to do with it.,0,2151313.story