Originally Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2013, 6:23 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 29, 2013, 7:45 am

RI County to use Jumer's money to buy squad cars

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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

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The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department will be replacing three of its older model squad cars, similar to the one featured in this 2011 file photo, with $97,320 from Jumer's Casino and Hotel.

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.