Rock Island County has received $97,320 from Jumer's Casino and Hotel that the county will use to buy three new squad cars for the sheriff's department.
County officials had asked for financial support from Jumer's because they say the casino benefits from county services but does not pay a gaming tax to the county. Jumer's is in the city of Rock Island.
Last March, a news conference was held to announce that Delaware North, which owns Jumer's, would establish a special fund to make charitable donations to the county.
However, delays in establishing a tax-exempt organization called the Community Assistance Fund meant it took almost a year for any money to be sent to the county.
The county can apply to Jumer's for more funding on an annual basis as part of the new agreement.
A news release from Jumer's said the $97,320 would be used to buy four new squad cars. Sheriff Jeff Boyd said with equipment, the money would likely allow the county to buy three squad cars. Mr. Boyd said all of the new cars would be equipped with video cameras.
"We have an aging fleet, so this is welcome news," the sheriff said.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.