On 1/29/09, JS reporter, Karen McDonald wrote quoting Peoria County Board member Tim Riggenbach, now candidate for the City Council, as saying "I wanted to make sure people know exactly what the county is willing to stake (just) $40,000,000.00. We (note the WE) are not building a Taj Mahal, but a very functional museum".
Tim is the Count Board "cheerleader" for the museum tax despite admitting to me he only visits the Lakeview Museum once a year.
Ms. McDonald also wrote, "about $35,000,000.00, (sorry Ms. McDonald, if you are going to ever be a good reporter, the figure is $40 million as you quoted Mr. Riggenbach) in public money is needed to make the project happen". She left out a key word, mistakes reporters often do and that key word is "additional public money". She should know that the city has already committed $14,000,000.00, the Federal Government, State and Local governments have already contributed well over $6,000,000. That adds up to $60,000,000.00 that taxpayer dollars have or will contribute toward the total cost of a well publicized figure of $78,000,000.00.
A couple of weeks ago, Brad McMillan, now Fund Raising Chairman for the museum told the County Board that public support would be about %33. Guess his acquaintance with numbers wasn't needed to qualify him for a seat on the State Ethical Board.
Tim, the County Administrator and two other board members are in Washington, D.C., March 7-11 on county business. I wonder how many people Tazewell and Woodford sent at tax payers expense. Among people County Adminstrator and his entourage will be visting is Aaron Schock. Oh, that right, the museum underground garage (9 million and counting) hasn't been totally funded yet and there are now new "stimulus funds" available that don't have to be committed for a year or so.
And Aaron is only returning to Peoria a couple times soon to speak at Republican Dinners. His office said they "did not know his schedule". Probably concerned about terrorists finding out.