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Bureau County voters favor a new law enforcement center

Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed (standing, center) watches vote totals on a laptop computer Tuesday night with his wife, Maria, and members of the Bureau County Jail Initiative Committee, including Brad Oeder (standing, right), Mike Miroux (sitting, left), and Tom Root (sitting, right). Reed, an Arlington Democrat, had twin reasons for celebrating: he was re-elected to his second term as sheriff, unopposed, and a county proposition for a new law enforcement center and jail was approved. With all 50 precincts reporting, the margin of victory was 56 percent to 44 percent, or 7,478 votes to 5,876.
Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed (standing, center) watches vote totals on a laptop computer Tuesday night with his wife, Maria, and members of the Bureau County Jail Initiative Committee, including Brad Oeder (standing, right), Mike Miroux (sitting, left), and Tom Root (sitting, right). Reed, an Arlington Democrat, had twin reasons for celebrating: he was re-elected to his second term as sheriff, unopposed, and a county proposition for a new law enforcement center and jail was approved. With all 50 precincts reporting, the margin of victory was 56 percent to 44 percent, or 7,478 votes to 5,876.

PRINCETON — Bureau County will be getting a new law enforcement center.

With all 50 precincts reporting Tuesday night, unofficial results showed 7,478 "yes" votes and 5,876 "no" votes.

The county board will now move forward with its plans to renovate the former Bureau County Republican building at 800 Ace Road into a facility that will house the Bureau County Sheriff's Office and Jail, Bureau County Coroner's Office and Bureau County Emergency Communications center.

The project is estimated to cost $12 million.

Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed spent Election Night Tuesday at the Ye Olde Underground Inn in Princeton with members of the Bureau County Jail Initiative Committee, which worked to help gain support for the referendum.

Once the writing was on the wall Tuesday evening that the referendum would pass, Reed released a prepared statement:

"I would like to thank the citizens of Bureau County for understanding the need for this project and for supporting this referendum.

"I would like to thank the members of the Bureau County Board who assisted me with the educational forums; the Bureau County Jail Initiative Committee, especially Brad Oeder, Mike Miroux and Tom and Darlene Root, who sacrificed a lot of time going door-to-door throughout our communities to educate our residents on the need for this new facility.

"I would also like to thank (LaSalle County) Sheriff Tom Templeton and his staff, and the LaSalle County Board for helping us in our time of need. They have been like a big brother to us, and have greatly assisted us through this ordeal.

"The members of the Bureau County Sheriff's Office desperately need this facility. I would like to thank the members of my staff who have worked hard to keep our current facility running safely with all the issues we are having with the jail.

"And lastly, I would like to thank my wife and family who have been supportive and understanding while I have been away at night trying to educate our residents on the issues we are facing at our jail and the need for this referendum."

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