CHICAGO — Midwestern voters were generally stingy with their pocketbooks this election day, approving about half the borrowing requests on the ballot, while embracing measures that impose tax restrictions on various legislative bodies.

As expected, Indiana voters embraced a constitutional amendment to make property-tax caps permanent. The move is expected to mean pain for local governments across the state that depend on property taxes for a big chunk of their budgets. Many are already struggling with major drops in the revenue source since the property-tax cap law was enacted in 2008.

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