WalkerA pair of Alton park projects may be in jeopardy if state funding is not made available.  Grants of nearly $750,000 have been frozen by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, according to Alton Mayor Brant Walker. The grants were set to support projects at Riverview Park ($148,000) and Gordon Moore Park ($600,000)

Walker tells The Big Z this is a developing situation:


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Mayor Walker says if the plan to cut the income tax reimbursement comes to pass, that would be a $1.3-million hit to the budget based off of this year’s figures.  To that end, the City Council suspended the rules to enact a freeze on any new hires unless approved by the council until the 2015-2016 budget is passed.  That does not include the seasonal help hired by Park & Recreation.


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