The budget for the city of Alton is unclear due to the uncertainty of the state budget. There will be a ground breaking at the Multi-Modal Transportation Center within the next few weeks and, according to the mayor, construction of the Hampton Inn is well under way in front of Kohl's.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker tells The Big Z where the city is in a bind due to the Local Gaming Distribution Fund.

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Walker also says the state is currently withholding the city's gaming money which is separate from the gambling boat money, which the city does have.

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