Letters to the Editor

State cutbacks are no surprise

Cities in Illinois are having their grants from the state reduced by our new governor. I’m wondering why local mayors are surprised.

In Belleville, money is thrown away like confetti to overpaid political offices, to friends, family and supporters, for useless airports, for land at triple its worth, for TIF programs, and for nice amenities while streets are full of potholes.

It looks like the mayors may actually have to become leaders and cut their budgets back to where they belong. Illinois has finally begun to pay the piper. Pat Quinn is long longer the governor: the gravy train has derailed.

Did no one know that corruption is expensive?

Jim Bonnevier