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, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.