Taxpayers’ dollars being used willy-nilly around the areaPosted by Jack Howser on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm.
SO. ILL.—At a time when the nation, state and local municipalities/counties are more financially-strapped than in anyone’s recent memory, taxpayers’ money is still being thrown around like candy at a fest parade.
Take the most recent boondoggle in Lawrence County—a massive grant being endowed to the city of Lawrenceville for an “industrial park” that’s supposed to “generate $4.7 million in private investment.”
Oh really? How do they KNOW that…unless there’s already someone who stands to benefit from what the grant money will bring in—construction of water, sewer and roadway infrastructure—on standby? Who in Lawrenceville has that kind of money to invest? We can think of only one name: Frank Ladner. Of course with the other boondoggle in the area known as Mid-America Airport under his belt, he’s used to doggles of boon. It’s not like Lawrenceville doesn’t need something like…oh, we dunno…a whole new water treatment facility first before they start slamming in more water infrastructure that, if you use Lawrence’s existing workforce as a gauge, will likely NEVER be used…unless it’s for uncle Frank’s pet projects. Nothing like our ongoing taxpayer dollars going to fund all that.
Then there was this bizarre little tidbit readers in our area were subjected to this week: a ‘mock robbery’ at Citizens National Bank in Albion, outlined dufusly in this article:
The first thing wrong with this picture is that Wabash EMA second-in-command, Colby “Cheeseboy” Rigg, is playing the villain—AGAIN. We’re beginning to think Cheeseboy has a hidden agenda, a deep dark secret desire to become a criminal IRL. And maybe he is…we just haven’t discovered it yet. Many say the fact that he’s still driving that big white SUV that the county allowed former sheriff Terry McWilliams to squire all his ladyfriends around in for two years is criminal…maybe where he’s driving it to, in the multiple “EMA meetings” he’s called to all over the state, has a criminal element to it. So we hear.
Anyway, Cheese played the bad guy in a scenario where one of the bank employees was shot to death and the bank was robbed. Not a bad idea. However, what might have been a better idea (you know, role-playing and all) might have been to let a bank teller ‘play’ a bank teller. Instead, in this somewhat harebrained practice run, the organizers, whoever they were, had Edwards County Deputy Debbie Judge play the bank teller who gets robbed. WTH?
The whole thing, really, prompts wth reactions…because in order to really know how your staff is going to react in the event of a real bank robbery, you don’t inform the public in advance; instead, you tell your staff that some time during a two-week time frame, within ten minutes of closing each day, there will be a staged bank robbery. Everyone will be in his or her place, the ‘robbers’ will be people familiar to the staff so they don’t pull out a weapon hidden in the recesses someplace, and the “robbery” takes place under somewhat more real, and stressful, circumstances. Nothing like this “pre-announced, pre-planned, we-got-a-buncha-gawkers-standin-around” type ‘exercise’ the likes of which Cheeseboy seems obsessed with (he’s been involved in local “school shootings” scenarios as well, ad nauseum).
The ultimate wth reaction is more along the lines of a WTF…who paid for this? Was this a grant (taxpayers’ money)? Did the various agencies involved pay for the officers to be there (taxpayers’ money)? Or did CNB pay for all of it (private funds)? We’re not told. It’s just one of those glorification-station things local media is so chomping at the bit to cover while they ignore the misdeeds of the local public officials (like a certain police officer who’s threatening to sue the city for some perceived racial slur…si, amigo?)
If you know of a ridiculous use of taxpayers’ money in your community (or even of an incident wherein it simply appears as though it’s a bad use, as in the bank thing), feel free to post it here. We’re sure there are plenty of people out there who are tired of hideously bad roads going unfixed, overpaid ‘emergency management’ people, substandard water systems, not enough police coverage in your city or county, or any other number of poor uses of OUR MONEY that goes on throughout the state of Illinois (readers in other states, feel free to submit yours, too!)
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