4/16/2018: The Election Commission voted to accept the construction bid for the Brandywine building. It had already been accepted by the County Board and may not have been legally necessary, but the Commission felt it was a good idea to approve the bid. Bishop Brothers Construction will do the “build out” which will include construction, extra remediation of asbestos if necessary, contingencies, and commission. The County has budgeted $560,000 for the completion of this project. The Election Commission will cover the cost of security cameras and any new furniture.
In his Executive Director report, Tom Bride said the March primary went smoothly, with a decent turnout of 20.4%. Tom will keep an eye on a bill working through the Legislature that will allow DuPage County to eliminate its Election Commission and turn its function over to the County Clerk. Depending on the final wording, this bill could affect Peoria County as well. In an area where the League of Women Voters has taken an interest, conversations have begun about vote centers. Tom does not expect that bill to go anywhere at this time.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
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