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 A Pekin man wants voters to decide whether the town should keep its "home-rule" status.  Home rule gives municipalities more freedom to impose higher taxes and make revenue decisions without state or voter approval.  But Roger Greer says it violates his constitutional rights.  It all stems from a financial dispute Greer is having with the city.  He's contesting a 127-thousand dollar fine.  He wants a jury of his peers to hear the case, but because Pekin is a home-rule community, the case will be heard by an officer appointed by the city.  Greer says it's a conflict of interest for the city to appoint its own hearing officer in a case against them.  An electoral board will start the process of hearing objections to the petition tomorrow.  One person has filed an objector's petition to keep the question from appearing on the March ballot.

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