The East St. Louis councilman and councilwoman on the team with the ex-city manager have not attended the council meetings since he was terminated. The culture of the politics in the city allows them to collect a salary being self-servants. Since it takes four votes to pass financial legislation, financial matters are tabled. However, with a deficit of more than $5 million, without their attendance to vote may help lower the deficit. On the other hand, if they decide to attend the meetings, will their vote be contrary to the mayor’s vision?
For more than two decades, the city politicians have sabotaged growth for the city only to serve their purpose. This political trickery has caused Detach District 189 to once again say “we want out.” Poor leadership, failure to educate the children, wasteful spending and an oversight of the district for a second time adds to the reasoning for Detach 189 wanting to opt out of the district.
The political environment of the city is too corrupt to act in the best interest of the citizens. Now is the time for drastic action that could change the culture of the politics that is so deeply embedded in the city. A takeover of the city seems to be the only viable option allowing for investors to help rebuild the city. Citizens throughout the metropolitan areas need to go after the source of the problem before the children become the casualty of their circumstances.
Dorothy Joshway, East St. Louis