Anderson steps down; Entwhistle takes the reins
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board is now under new leadership as longtime chairman Dale Anderson (R-Tiskilwa) made the decision to step down during a reorganizational meeting on Monday.
Anderson, who first joined the county board in 2001, served as chairman for the past 10 years.
“Ten years was long enough and with my vision loss, it was time to step down,” he said, adding he really enjoyed his time serving as chairman.
Anderson oversaw the board through two great challenges. The first, he said, was the financial situation that “greatly improved over the last 15 years.”
The second was the passage of the recent sales tax referendum to build the new law enforcement center.
“It was a county board-wide accomplishment to get the sales tax referendum passed,” he said.
Marshann Entwhistle (R-Princeton) was nominated to succeed Anderson’s leadership. She was voted to serve a two-year term as chairwoman. Entwhistle has been on the board since 2003, and had been serving as vice chairwoman.
Keith Cain (R-Princeton) was nominated to fill the vice chairman position on the board.
The board also welcomed two new members to the table, Republican Donna Braida, who will represent District 9, and Democrat Joseph Bickett, will represent District 18. Braida fills the seat of Loretta Volker and Bickett the seat of Mike Kohr, both of whom retired.
Bureau County Clerk Matt Eggers gave the oath of office to 11 board members who were elected in November to the board. Those members were Robin Rediger of Buda, Jim Donarski of Princeton, Cain, Derek Whited of Princeton, Entwhistle, Braida, Dan Rabe of Princeton, James Thompson of Sheffield, Bickett, Christy Crowther of Ladd and Deb Feeney of Dalzell.
The county board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Bureau County Courthouse.