EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. -- Voters in the East Dubuque school district have rejected efforts to secure up to $12 million in bonds to build a new elementary school and consolidate the district onto one campus. 

A total of 692 voters opposed the measure in today's election, compared to 554 in support. The measure failed, garnering support from 44 percent of voters. 

Had the measure passed, the district's aging elementary school would have been abandoned in favor of a new structure near the existing high school along Illinois 35. District officials said the existing elementary school needs hundreds of thousands of dollars in improvements. 

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