MACOMB — County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes told the McDonough County Board's law and legal committee Monday that the federal Department of Homeland Security plans to do an assessment of the county's cybersecurity system.
DeJaynes said every county in Illinois will be tested as part of a $13 million federal investment to protect Illinois voting systems. "They will check our vulnerability to phishing scams," she said as one example of the Homeland Security assessment.
The county clerk said she is concerned that rural counties may not pass the cybersecurity tests. "We'll have a lot of things in place," DeJaynes said, "but there's no way we can anticipate everything they might throw at us."
DeJaynes said county voter registration servers have already received added protection. "For not a lot of money, we're adding a firewall and making voter registration its own network," she said.
County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer told the committee that stabilization efforts are underway to improve the computer servers for judicial business and for tax bills and property assessments.
In other business, Chief Sheriff's Deputy Adam Cremer reported that the average county jail census in July was 39 prisoners. He said three people are being investigated in connection with gasoline thefts in the Lake Argyle area.
Sheriff Nick Petitgout said major methamphetamine arrests were made recently with assistance from Macomb and Bushnell police. He said an agreement is in place to provide contractual law enforcement services to Prairie City and a new contract has been settled with Industry. "We have a good relationship with all the village boards," Petitgout said.
The sheriff said new state regulations will reduce court security fees and this will impact a portion of his budget.

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