From The Hare-Dispatch account of the East Moline city council meeting:
“Aldermen tabled action on a $900,000 grant for Jacobs Park until they had more information. State Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, helped secure the Illinois Jobs bill funds which would be used for phase one of the plan, transforming Jacobs Park into a regional tournament destination . . . The state would advance 25 percent of the grant to the city, with the city then making payments to vendors and contractors and applying for reimbursement.”
The mayor rightfully said he was “leery” of the state.
The city attorney wanted to kick the can to the state anyway:
“[City attorney Bill Phares] said people are researching if there’s a way to have the state directly pay vendors and contractors to minimize the city’s risk.”
Well THAT sounds like a plan since the State O’ Ilinois is so prompt in paying its bills. What rational person would contract with our well-known deadbeat state?
But what’s with nearly a MILLION dollars being spent on yet another park when we already have a “destination” ball park in the QCs?
Let’s get real—this is about building a monument to the Jacobs family while taking a MILLION dollars away from the state’s “most vulnerable among us.”
It’s time to end the local culture of Democrat corruption and get rid of all these generational politicians with their inbred, bloated sense of entitlement.