- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CLEARLAKE, Ill. (AP) - A tiny Illinois village will continue to exist after a public vote to dissolve it failed by two votes.

Voters in Clearlake decided against dissolution in a 19-17 vote Tuesday, the State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1IsCeVd ) reports. That’s more than the dozen or so voters that typically vote in elections in Clearlake, a village of about 250 people roughly 5 miles east of Springfield.

Services in Clearlake likely would have been taken over by another tax entity if the village were dissolved.

Village trustee Tracy Dorrough said six people went to the board’s meeting Monday, showing an interest in Clearlake. No one ran for the village board in the election.

“I’m just shocked that that many people showed up for interest in the village,” she said. “It pleases me that people are taking an active role.”

Village officials have said that the community can’t sustain itself because of declining resources in the past decade. Dorrough said Clearlake might run out of funds and still have to close in the future.

“I’m hopeful that maybe people will take the call and show up and do everything that needs to be done,” Dorrough said. “Time will tell.”

Voters in Whiteash, another Illinois village in the southern part of the state, dissolved the local government by a wide margin in November.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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