Lindenwood University could give Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert and St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern lessons on how to manage money.
Lindenwood University comes to Belleville and buys a multi-million dollar school system for $1 and then makes Belleville pay Lindenwood $115,000, supposedly to fix the tennis courts. Then they have Eckert have a black church condemned so Lindenwood can buy it cheap. Next they sell a part of the school property they bought for a $1 to the state crime lab for $85,000 and the mayor gave them (free) a piece of Belleville property so they could use it as another parking lot between the 29th Street railroad tracks and 2400 W. Main St., where a hobby shop used to be.
They also bought a bunch of private homes whose owners thought they better sell or the city would try to have their houses condemned or harassed in some way.
Leonard "Bud" Argus Jr.