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Voters: Keep the Winfield Police Department

Winfield trustee tells Daily Herald DuPage County Sheriff's Office is not interested in an outsourcing plan for the village's police duties. Last week, more than 85 percent of voters said they want to keep the village police department.

Winfield voters said 'yes' to the question of whether the village should keep its own police department instead of outsourcing to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Village of Winfield proposed outsourcing police duties as a way to save money to repair its roads, according to the Daily Herald

After 87.4 percent of voters said they want to keep the police department Nov. 6, Winfield trustee Tim Allen said the DuPage Sheriff's Office notified him Wednesday they are not interested in the outsourcing proposal, the Herald reported Thursday.

According to the Herald, Allen blamed DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin's comments on the election results for influencing the Sheriff's office. 

Voters last week also rejected a property tax increase that could have generated new funds for the village.

According to a Village of Winfield newsletter, the proposition would have provided funding needed to maintain a police department, repair some of the worst roads, adopt a 20-year roadway repair cycle and take advantage of low construction rates. 

Voters also supported a binding referendum continuing the ban on video gaming in Winfield.

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