Welvaert, O'Brien face off at Chamber event
Moline Alds. Don Welvaert, At-Large, and Pat O'Brien, 2nd Ward, faced off at a town hall meeting Monday at the Moline High School auditorium, an event sponsored by the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce.
When asked what would he do as mayor to encourage development of the WIU campus in Moline, Mr. O'Brien referred to a recent trip to Washington, D.C., by more than 80 community leaders. The purpose of the trip was to lobby for Quad-Citie priorities, one of which was WIU.
Mr. O'Brien, who did not go on the trip, said he didn't think he needed to go because he already works closely, and communicates often, with area state and federal legislative leaders.
"I would do anything possible to get them here," said Mr. Welvaert. He did go on the trip to Washington D.C. "These trips are important and we need to keep up the dialogue with Springfield, with Washington, and with local community leaders."