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 Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2013. There are 227 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A large variety of children's wagons and gigs have arrived in thecity and are being sold at war prices. 1888 -- 125 years ago: All Rock Island retail houses, with the exception of a clothingstore and a jewelry store, have agreed to early closing hours during the summer months.The store will be closed at 8 p.m. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Baseball enthusiasts in Rock Island are attempting to raise$20,000 to keep the Island City Park open, despite the fact that the city has no franchise inorganized baseball this year. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The organization of a third rural young people's unit will beundertaken tomorrow night at the Milan Presbyterian Church, with Mrs. Mildred K.Wellman, home advisor, and Robert Smith, county farm adviser in charge. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Deere & Co. will begin a "big switch" on its telephone systemMonday morning. The extension numbers of all 1,600 telephones on the firm's EastMoline and Moline exchanges will be changed Monday morning. 1988 -- 25 years ago: East Moline's June Jamboree VI -- Nostalgia Days, will seemlike a '60s revival with the appearance of stars like Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, PeterNoone, Turtles, The Grass Roots and Lou Christie. This year's festival has beenexpanded to five days, June 22-26, at the Northeast Park complex.