The countdown has officially begun for the John Deere Classic, which will be next month in the Quad Cities. This morning, the tournament hosted media day for reporters, photographers, and others to learn about what's new this year.
The Peoria Park Board last night voted six to one to close Donovan Golf Course starting next season. The move is expected to save $310,000 as the Park District struggles with a $1.3 million spending gap next year. Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says the decision was tough, but necessary:
The Peoria Park District Board talked about closing Donovan Golf Course as part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap. Staff originally proposed closing Newman Golf Course to save 400-thousand-dollars. But Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says turning Donovan into a park could make more sense:
Peoria Park District staff are proposing to close Newman Golf Course and look to lease out the Central Park Pool to cut costs. It’s part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap for the Park District next year. Director Bonnie Noble says the proposal is to maintain pool services through March of 2015 so the Park District swim team can finish the season:
The Peoria Park District says dwindling golf numbers and high operational cost from the Central Park Pool are helping drive a nearly $1 million deficit for next year's budget. The District is considering closing the pool and one or more of its six golf courses to get in the black. Peoria Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says reserve funds have dwindled by 80-percent since 2010:
The massive flooding along the Illinois River is surging into homes, businesses and public spaces. While some residents leave their properties as the waters rise, others in Central Illinois are making the best of the flooding, if not taking advantage of the situation. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: