The Election Commission this month welcomed back director Tom Bride.
In going over the month's bills, it was explained that the Commission receives a utility bill for the whole Brandywine building, but the owner reimburses the County for his share of the building.
As of March 13, there have already been close to 1300 early voters in the primary. This is much higher than in 2014 when the last gubernatorial election was held.
The Brandywine remodel is current on the projected timeline. There were some very minor changes in design, but the project should be let out for bids in April. The bidding process will include a September 1, completion date. Dewberry's estimated cost of the remodel is $620,000, but that includes contingencies and is not based on bids. Over the summer, satellite locations for early voting will need to be found. One location must, by law, be the Commission office. That location is very close to the current ICC Peoria spot. Some place close to the current office will need to be found that is convenient to residents south of the interstate.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
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