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County boosts sheriff’s budget, ending lawsuit over funding

July 27, 2019

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The Winnebago County Board has agreed to a $1.7 million bump in the county sheriff’s budget.

The Rockford Register-Star reports last week’s 16-2 vote on the budget amendment effectively settles a lawsuit against the county board by Sheriff Gary Caruana.

Caruana filed a lawsuit in March which claimed that the board had not provided him sufficient funds.

The money is enough to cover the salaries of 24 deputies. The county has paid their salaries since the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.

David Boomer is the board’s majority leader. He says he voted for the boost because “I want to put a stop to the lawyer’s fees.”

The sheriff’s court-appointed attorney has billed the board $75,000 through May and has not yet submitted invoices for June or July.

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