Ogle County Courthouse Restoration Referendum

Fully restoring the Ogle County courtroom is the goal of more than 1700 Ogle county citizens who signed a petition to get the issue on the ballot. The Ogle County board has already voted to spend 8.6 million dollars to partially restore the courtroom, but some voters say that's not enough.

"I think the old courthouse should be restored to it's original beauty. These kind of things over the years become something that's dear and important to the community." says Ed Olsauskas from Chana.

"I believe that any money right now could be used for better purposes. There's a lot of people hungry out here. There's a lot of people losing their homes out here." says Pamela Beecham from Leaf River.

"I think the ballot for the courthouse would be a waste of money personally. I think our new courthouse would be just fine. The possibility of spending billions to restore it to it's natural state I don't think is worth the money." says Darryl Peavy of Byron. The courtroom referendum is advisory, meaning lawmakers are not bound to act based on the outcome of the election.

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