I received a form email from Peoria City Councilman Jim Montelongo; he who lost big time to Gordon, Mayor Jim Ardis, who has his eye on Dale Risinger's state job, and Sheriff Mike McCoy who has his eye on the minority vote and Uni-Gov with the county in charge of security, asking me to support Eric Turner for another term on the City Council.
No way would I vote for a man who PUT HIS NAME ON A WIDELY CIRCULATED LETTER DESCRIBING THE BAD CONDITIONS AT LINCOLN LIBRARY WHEN THEY WERE ASKING (and succeeded) for millions of property tax payer dollars for additional space and improvements, WHEN HE HAD NOT, BY HIS OWN WRITTEN ADMISSION, VISITED LINCOLN LIBRARY TO CONFIRM THE ERRONEOUS DETAILS OF THE LETTER. (LYNN PEARSON, ONCE COUNTY BOARD CHAIRPERSON WHEN THE COUNTY WAS RUNNING A HUGH DEFICIT AND IS STILL ON THE BOARD AFTER 24 YEARS, WAS THE PRIME DRIVER BEHIND THE ERRONEOUS FACT FILLED LETTER)
Among statements including in the Turner signed letter was "not enough space, the seldom used lower floor was poorly lighted and damp." I made another of my many visits to Lincoln Library and reviewed this claim with a local reporter. We found that a simple humidifier like we have in our home would have solved the humidity problem and lowering the fluorescent lights from their recessed position in the ceiling would have solved the lighting problem. We also noted a large percentage of the books on the shelves had never been checked out.
Lack of space at Lincoln was a misnomer. Lack of readers would have been more appropriate truth. Remember my blog describing I and a reporter visited a class at Lincoln where not one kid showed up?
Montelongo and Turner also appeared on local TV deriding County and City citizens the right of a referendum. He and Turner are major decision makers who have put the city in a rising $14 million deficit.
Are longtime councilmembers like Turner, the people you want to continue to build up debt in our city?
Apparently so as witness the State of Illinois and Chicago who census results show, lost almost 7% of their population in the past decade. I have yet to note the gain in growth of the city of Peoria. Perhaps it has been published and I missed it.
I believe the census showed the County includes the city) grew about 200 a year over the