October 30, 2006

Boland delivers $50,000 for Morrison parks & $100,000 for Fulton Fire Dept.

I checked in at Morrison Online as I do from time to time to see what sort of crime is plaguing the town, and found a piece on Rep. Mike Boland on their front page.

It seems Rep. Boland had just come up with $50,000 for development of a sports complex at the east end of Morrison, which happens to be one of my favorite towns.
Boland's award originates from Individual Legislative Initiative funding, which is grant money legislators receive to help local governments within their districts. This is the second $50,000 grant Boland has given Morrison earmarked for park development. He previously granted the city $50,000 for street and sidewalk repairs.
And The Clinton Herald has an account of Boland securing a $100,000 grant for the Fulton, IL Fire Dept.
It could be said that Christmas came early this year for the Fulton Fire Department.

The department on Thursday was the recipient of a $100,000 legislative grant that will be used by the department as it plans to either renovate its current station or build a new one.

"I am very proud to be here today, providing the funding for this much-needed construction for the Fulton Fire Protection District," said State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline. "I understand that through the years the fire protection district has simply outgrown its current facility and now the need for more space to properly store firefighting equipment is critical. Fire protection is an important and essential service and it is very gratifying to do my part to help ensure that area residents continue to be well protected and served."

But back in Morrison, as expected, there continues to be a crime wave sweeping the town, as evidenced by the reports below, but the police are doubtless right on top of it.

On 10-16-06, at approximately 3:58pm, a representative of Ebenezer Reformed Church, 311 East Park Street, reported that a window on the parsonage garage had been broken some time during the previous weekend.

On 10-16-06, at approximately 5:00pm, Pamela S. Pickens reported that a Halloween decoration had been damaged the previous Saturday. The damage occurred in Picken's front yard at 501 West Winfield Street.

On 10-19-06, a representative of the City of Morrison reported that graffiti was painted on the water tower in Kelly Park on East High Street. It is believed the graffiti was painted some time on or about September 17.


At 10/30/2006 6:46 PM, Blogger Mike Huntoon said...

Hello there TID!

The $50,000 for Morrison is just one small part of the grant funding we've been able to secure for the 71st district from Representative Mike Boland's office.

We will announce a total of $1 million in grants for the 71st this year. It's a long list and I’m not sure I can remember it all off the top of my head without notes, but I know it includes:
$100,000 for Savanna for a fire truck, sidewalks and a boat ramp,
$50,000 for Mt Carroll for their historic brick streets and other infrastructure,
$100,000 for Fulton's Fire District,
$100,000 grant to land purchase land for the bike path in Albany,
$100,000 for drilling new wells in Port Byron (they've had water restrictions),
$100,000 for Orion to replace a ground water storage tank (it's been leaking badly) and for streets,
$100,000 for Moline's library construction,
$50,000 for Barstow Fire Protection,
$50,000 for Carbon Cliff Fire Protection,
the $50,000 for parks in Morrison that TID already mentioned,
$50,000 for a new police station in Erie,
$25,000 for Geneseo Public Library's new construction,
and $25,000 to help pay off Lynn Township's recently completed township hall.

Please excuse any omissions or minor errors, the list was off the top of my head, and we haven't officially announced a couple of the grants I mentioned. I personally got to take part in the conference call where House leadership officially approved Boland’s grant requests, so if I am on top of things, they should be officially announced before the week is out.

Further updates can be found at my blog - “Serving the 71st w/ Mike Boland - mikeboland.blogspot.com

At 10/30/2006 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word is that Boland is down by two points. 3 weeks ago he was up by 36points. You need to prop him up with a good story. Something that makes him look like he cares about others and not only himself. His givivng grants away now looks like more home cooking to me.

At 10/31/2006 1:09 PM, Blogger Mike Huntoon said...

The work to bring these grants to our local communities has been going on for months now. Boland and staff members have been meeting with leaders from a variety of local governmental bodies since early spring. The whole time we've been working to determine the most pressing and vital local projects to help fund.

We only got final confirmation on the grants a couple weeks ago, so to have made announcements before this time would not have been right. We’re not even going to get all of the grants announced before the election because time simply ran out.

I would much rather have announced them back in August or September, because a greater distance from the election would probably have led to less cynicism about the grants. But they've been in the works for quite some time now, it’s just that simple.

And you don’t have to take my word for that, read the news coverage in places like Savanna and Orion. Boland appeared before those two City Councils (as well as many others) to hear their needs in person back in the spring.

At 11/01/2006 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing a great job of keeping al negatives about Mike Boland off of this site. We appreciate it. You will be rewarded handsomly after the election.


At 11/01/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh goodie! Ka-ching!!!

And I thought my only reward was the peace of mind from not allowing the many transparent attempts from certain Dems to tear Boland apart here.

If any Haring supporters want to write a reasonable comment, they're welcome to.

At 11/01/2006 8:54 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

The Inside Dope being bought off?


I hear the asking price is $20,000 for the rights to TID blog, unless your name is Mike.

If your name is Mike, the price doubles! ;)

At 11/01/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


Don't want this to go off topic, but $20,000? That might get my attention. And double if the buyer's name is Mike? That's a hell of a deal considering that nearly every candidate is a Mike. ha!

At 11/01/2006 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To let Boland get away with giving Fulton $200,000 when only a small part of the town is in his district is unfair to the rest of us. Boland is giving the money because they are putting two bricks for his brothers that live in Iowa into their monument. This ius pay to play polotics at its worst.

This guy has got to go.

At 11/01/2006 10:15 AM, Anonymous Like kriptonite to stupid said...

anon 9:41

That's quite possibly the stupidest charge against a politician that I've heard. And that's saying something.

This is about two bricks? Yeah, right. Get a life.

At 11/01/2006 12:52 PM, Blogger Mike Huntoon said...

Some people just don't get it!!!

To clear up all the misinformation spewed by anon 1/11/06 09:41 is probably more than I am capable of on my lunch hour, but here goes . . .

#1 - Fulton is ENTIRELY within the 71st district - 100%. Anyone living here in the district knows that - so apparently you are one of the suburban Chicago staffers the R's have brought in. I understand your dilemma, it's hard to come into a new district at the last minute and work under these kind of pressures, but the 1st thing a staffer need to do is learn the district. Believe me - I give this speech a LOT!!!!

#2 - What bricks are you talking about in Fulton? Boland recently PURCHASED two bricks for his brothers at the Orion Veterans Memorial. Boland's donation for those bricks helped to fund the memorial, just the same as everyone else who bought memorial bricks at that site. Orion is in Henry County and Fulton is in Whiteside County, so again your ignorance of local geography and district boundaries gives you away as Republican disinformation specialist.

#3 - Mike Boland's brother's were both Veterans, and they are both deceased. Please do not dishonor a Veteran's memorial for your own crass political purposes.

Isn’t anything sacred or out of bounds for you and your handlers?

At 11/01/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

One of the Mayor's in Boland's district endorsed Boland's opponent, sent out letters all over town. And still Boland delivered $50,000 in grants to that town. No strings are attached to Boland's grants, but that's not necessarily true for others.

Remember when Denny Jacob's threatened to pull a big grant to East Moline because the current mayor was threatening to fire a Jacob's patronage employee at City Hall???

It was in the papers, you can look it up!

Boland's a teddy bear of a man, who truly has good intentions. Remember, he's a 30 year history teacher who has inspired many others into public service of their own!

At 11/02/2006 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Boland got another $20,000 from Madigan yesterday. He is starting to pull away with this thing. Way to go Mike Boland!!!

At 11/02/2006 1:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

How much did Haring get from Tom Cross yesterday? I'm sure you must know.

At 11/02/2006 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness Haring got nothing yesterday. Haring did just recieve $4,000 today. Boland hasn't recieved anything today. Hopefully Boland can doube this by the end of today.
This thing is starting to roll tword Boland.

At 11/02/2006 6:07 PM, Blogger Mike Huntoon said...

I know that "insiders" like to talk about who is getting what campaign cash from whom. Me personally, I think the voters themsleves are more interested in what we can do for THEM.

That's why over at my blog about the joys (and sorrows) of public service - mikeboland.blogspot.com - you'll see me mentioning fundraising events that Boland holds. because they are a real necessity in today's political world.

But, I'm not thinking I'll be doing a whole lot of chest beating about the size of warchests etc. It's not my style, and the ability to raise bundles of money isn't the first thing I'd look for in a candidate to support.

I'd think that a more level playing field in elections would bring forth better qualified candidates, but I'm just a staffer, what do I know? ;)

At 11/02/2006 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just check out the A-1 forms filed at the State on the web -- within a day or two of receipt if you want to see the cash coming in Dope!


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