Voters in Madison County will have a say in the funding for repairs to the county jail. An Edwardsville man had filed objections to the petition drive that forced the issue to the ballot, but dropped his protest and the issue will now go before residents in the March primary. The Madison County Board had approved an $18.8 million bond issue before a group of residents filed paperwork to force a vote.
Steve Jellen dropped his case recently after checking the names on the ballots against voter registration. He initially said he did not oppose having voters decide the issue, but did not approve of the way some of the signatures were collected. Jellen claims right wing groups were behind the effort and alleged some collecting the names might have violated the rules which is why he filed the initial objection. Those in favor of the referendum believed voters should have had a say in how the jail repairs were to be funded and not only the members of the County Board.