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New Jail for Clinton County

Shive Hattery
What the new Clinton County Jail will look like, next to the courthouse.

Following a resounding "yes" from voters, work has begun on a new jail and sheriff's department offices for Clinton County. Ground was broken Monday in the parking lot of the current justice center in Clinton for the 22 million dollar project.

Margaret Kuhl, from the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission, says last spring count residents approved a funding referendum with 75 per cent of the vote. 

And one of the main features of the new jail will be space for programs for inmates.
The new jail will have room for up to 112 beds versus only 44 in the current one.

It should be completed in about a year and-a-half.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.