. . . but it helps!
The new census numbers for Illinois are out and when compared to the previously released Iowa figures, Scott County’s population went up 4.1% and Rock Island County’s population went DOWN 1.2%.
The RICO Democrat leaders are well and truly flummoxed by this strange turn of events. Their explanations for this disparity are even stranger.
Former Rock Island mayor Mark Schwiebert blames realtors:
“The real estate community and some of the Realtors have pushed Iowa pretty hard . . . And, that’s not a good thing in terms of promoting a balanced development on both sides of the river.”
State Sen. Marvelous Mike Jacobs believes his pet project will be a major factor:
“I believe Western Illinois University is going to drive a lot of growth here.”
Moline Mayor Don Welvaert claims housing is the problem in his city:
“We need to double our efforts to bring new rooftops south of the Rock River.”
Rock Island city manager John Phillips says the report is flawed:
“Some of the fastest growing segments of the population are the most difficult to count—the Hispanic population, for example.”
Phillips goes on to say that, whatever, “Rock Island is a very good place to live . . . Our residents enjoy great services and great schools and quality of life amenities.”
OK, sure, I guess Rock Island just has a “messaging” problem.
Schwiebert doesn’t explain why realtors would push Iowa over Illinois and Jacobs doesn’t mention the fact that just because Moline will have a WIU campus, that new “growth” people will choose to live in RICO rather than Iowa and Welvaert doesn’t explain why there are so many unsold homes in Moline as it is.
All this spin and obfuscation is because RICO Democrats can’t—or won’t admit the inconvenient truth about RICO v. Scott Co; the Iowa QCs have lower property taxes, better schools, better neighborhoods, and their state government isn’t dysfunctional, delusional and a national joke.
The newly enacted massive “historic” tax hike–“the right thing to do”—will not exactly improve the prospects for growth in RICO, either.