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Village Vision News

Letter to the editor

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Editor’s Note: An article in the Jan. 12 issue concerning a Dec. 19 Board decision to abandon efforts for a community center has elicited the following response from Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth).

In May of 2009, the Illinois General Assembly appropriated a $31 billion construction program for the state of Illinois. On July 13th of that year Governor Quinn signed the legislation, commonly known as the “Capital Bill,” into law.

At the request of Forsyth senior citizens and local leaders, I sponsored an appropriation of $200,000 for the construction of a senior citizen facility in Forsyth. On page 741, line 9 of SB 1221 enumerates the appropriation.

In January 2011, the 1st District Appellate Court in Chicago struck down SB 1221, claiming the act violated the single subject requirement of the Illinois Constitution. On July 11, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court overruled the Appellate Court and reinstated the construction program.

On August 22, 2011, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity sent the survey (paperwork) to the Village. The Village did not return the paperwork to the state of Illinois.

Unfortunately, the Village Vision published an article stating that a “Lack of State funding puts center on hold.” That is not the case. As you are well aware, the state is near insolvency in its General Revenue Fund. However, the funding for the Capital bill is completely separate and is funded by bonding authority.

Several weeks ago, I was notified the Village Board respectfully did not wish to pursue the grant, As a citizen of the Village, I wish to commend the Board for their leadership. Taxpayer dollars should be utilized wisely, If there is no need for the original intention of the grant, I very much appreciate a government body informing me.

I wish to thank the Village Board and administration for their hard work. I am very proud to call Forsyth my home and appreciate your efforts. If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell
State Representative

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