June 3, 2006

Pork rinds over sheepskins

Quad City Images at his self titled blog has been a long time supporter of the WIU riverfront project, even though he's on the other side of the river, and he's also glad to hear that the Triumph plant is coming to town.

But he correctly wonders why millions for Triumph was conjured with the snap of a finger, while WIU languishes in limbo for lack of state funding commitments.
Come on, Illinois can find 16 million dollars within a couple months for a hog plant, but can't find $14 million for the first phase of a COLLEGE CAMPUS?? For crying out loud, for less than the price of the Chicago bean we could have a riverfront WIU campus. Sometimes I just don't understand the Land of Lincoln.
That's because the politicians don't WANT you to understand. It's none of our business, and don't forget it.

A related bit of news reports that the WIU board approved the project to absolutely no one's surprise. Now if they had rejected it, THAT would have been news.

And of course, despite granting WIU $2.4 million for planning and design, the state can't seem to find the money just yet to actually build the thing.

Go check out QCI's post here and take a look around while you're there.


At 6/03/2006 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm going to sound like a Republican on this one, but:

Perhaps the real reason that a plant like Triumph gets the cash over a new WIU campus is that local politicians, when faced with the choice of the following two electorates:

- undereducated, low-paid workers locked into voting for Democratic incumbents because they are held captive by Food Stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing; or

- educated, free-thinking entrpeneurs and workers with advanced skills that could attract high paying industries like banking and technology,

choose the former out of self-preservation and fear of change.

At 6/04/2006 6:49 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

This is just one of many reason that I believe our current political class is stagnant, and let's call it what it is----it sux!

Democrats have ruled RICO for a generation, and currently in IL Democrats control all branches of government.

Why haven't we been getting more of our share of IL tax dollars? What's wrong with all the Dems we elect to represent our district?

People like TID and QCI are bitching about money for our local WIU campus----hell, hell yes, where are our fabbalus and wunnerful elected and selected Democrats?

Do our fabbalus and wunnerful elected Democrats fear being voted out of office? Hell, hell NO!

At 6/04/2006 9:26 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

As stated many times before. The Dope knows this also but likes to stir the pot. The money comes in the form of tax credits for Triumph and tax that they will not have to pay. This is different than hard cash which would be needed to build WIU. It realy isnt a hard concept to understand. The Dope wrot a piece about using stratagies like this a couple of weeks ago. He is pulling out the stopps. He is against this plant so he will change tax credits to cash to serve his own interests.


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