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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.