New name for courtroom


WHEREAS, Judge James E. Bales worked as an attorney in Lee County for 46 years, and

WHEREAS, Judge James E. Bales served as the Lee County State’s Attorney from 1952 through 1964, and

WHEREAS, Judge James E. Bales served as a Chief Circuit Judge at the Old Lee County Courthouse in what is now known as the Lee County Boardroom, and

WHEREAS, Judge James E. Bales retired from his position as Chief Circuit Judge on January 15, 1984, and

WHEREAS, Judge James E. Bales was regarded as a public servant who worked diligently to represent the best interests of the people of Lee County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the County Board of Lee County, Illinois, does hereby recognize and dedicate the Lee County Boardroom located inside the Old Lee County Courthouse as the “Judge James E. Bales Courtfoom.”

Attorney Henry Dixon spoke on behalf of the judge, "The county was blessed to have a sensible and sensitive guy who followed the law."

Former Lee County Sheriff Tim Bivins said, "He was a no nonsense guy and commanded respect from the bench."

The portrait was donated by Judge Bales' daughter, Lisa and Becky.

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