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April 6, 2013

Five vie for two council seats in Tuesday race

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McEnaney continued that the Downtown TIF has seen more than 40 projects started in the last four years, resulting in more than $7.3 million of new investment, including one-third coming from the TIF.

"I have also played a role with the council in expanding the city's road system through an aggressive capital development program," McEnaney said.

McEnaney reported during the last four years the city has annexed more than 850 acres and created the east and west side TIF districts, with the east side TIF supporting the new $22 million Drury Inn project.

"We have committed to, and maintained, a balanced operating budget for the last five years; we have kept spending under control!" McEnaney said. "We improved the city by removing old dilapidated buildings, passing a lower noise ordinance, proactively replacing old cast iron water mains, improving handling of storm water drainage, an aggressive sidewalk repair program, we even had the 'no right turn on red' signs removed downtown. ... There is still much more to be done," McEnaney said. "If re-elected, I will work to continue to improve and grow Mt. Vernon, add more jobs and create a better place to live. "

Moore said he is running for city council because he believes the current council has lost touch with the needs of the city.

"Many of the existing ordinances are outdated, out of touch, and not functional to the wants and needs of our citizens," Moore said. "To successfully build a future for Mt. Vernon, we need to address existing issues instead of building away from them."

Moore said as a blue collar worker and a tax paying citizen who works have for a living, he wants to use his strong work ethic, the communication skills that are imperative to his job at the Illinois Department of Corrections and the leadership traits that the USMC instilled in him and use the qualifications to represent the voters of Mt. Venron.

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